March 12, 2018

Dropbox is aiming for a $7 billion valuation ahead of its IPO

By Shoshana Kedem

Online storage company Dropbox has said it’s shooting for a valuation of between $7 billion and $7.9 billion ahead of its upcoming initial public offering (IPO) next week.

The valuation target is lower than the estimated $10 billion achieved in its latest round of funding in 2014.

When the Silicon Valley startup starts trading next week it will be the first time a so-called tech unicorn goes public since the parent company of disappearing messaging app Snapchat, Snap listed shares in June 2017. A unicorn is a privately held company with a valuation of more than $1 billion.

The San Francisco based file-sharing company aims to raise as much as $648 million when its six million shares hit the trade floor.

The share price was set at $16 (£11.55) and $18 (£12.99) per share under the ticker symbol DBX.

The company also announced the sale of $100 million in stock to sales software company Salesforce, in an SEC filing today.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of a “deep partnership” announced by Saleforce and Dropbox last week, where they unveiled plans to grow their use of each other’s software services.

Why it matters:

In what was perceived as an epic flop, Snap’s shares climbed by just a dollar in one year after a rush of investors drove the price up by 44% in the stock’s first day of trading.

Investors will be watching Dropbox closely for any sign the booming tech industry is running out of steam.

Source: Google Finance

Dropbox, founded in 2007 reported $1.11 billion in revenues in 2017, up 31% from $844.8 million the year before, according to the SEC filing.

The company is still not profitable, despite its net loss shrinking to $111.7 million in 2017 from $210.2 million in 2016.

The company said they plan to boost profitability by charging more of their 500 million users in over 180 countries,  according to their regulatory filing.

The IPO is being managed by Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank AG and Allen & Co.

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