In a move that highlights how open the American IPO window may be at the minute, China-based Agora priced its public offering at $20 per share last night, ahead of its$ 16 to$18 proposed price variety.

At $20 per share, the 17.5 million shares offered in its launching raised $350 million, a huge haul for a company that reported around 10% of that figure in Q1 2020 income. Supplied that your simple servant is doing his Class A to ADS share conversion calculations correctly, Agora is worth about $2.0 billion at its IPO price. Agora raised well over $100 million while a private company, backed by GGV Capital, Coatue and others, according to Crunchbase information.


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Agora is an API-powered business that permits clients to embed real-time video and voice abilities in their applications; properly, the company’s ticker symbol in America will be “API.”

With an annual run rate of $ 142.2 million, a $ 2 billion evaluation gives Agora a run-rate multiple of around 14x. That’s abundant, however not stratospheric. Possibly Agora wasn’t able to command a greater numerous due to its sub-70% margins (68.8% in Q1)?

Agora’s financials make its IPO pricing a cool puzzle, so let’s pull apart the great and the bad to better understand why the marketplace was willing to pay than the company prepared for.

After that brief exercise, we’ll make note of the existing IPO climate, inclusive of what we learn from Agora. (Spoiler for unicorns out there: things look great.)

The great, the bad, the odd

We can’t determine Agora’s enterprise value with self-confidence until we get updated filings. Taking into account the company’s pre-IPO money and liabilities, its indicated enterprise value/run rate is something around 13x. (That figure will dip if the business’s shares do not increase after its launching, as its cash position increases from its share sale; more on enterprise worths here.)

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.