After TechCrunch broke the news the other day that Coursera was planning to submit its S-1 today, the edtech business officially dropped the file Friday evening.

Coursera was last valued at $2.4 billion by the personal markets, when it most recently raised a Series F round in October 2020 that deserved $130 million.

Coursera’s S-1 filing provides a look into the financial resources of how an edtech company, sped up by the pandemic, performed over the previous year. It paints a picture of development, albeit one that came at steep cost.


In 2020, Coursera saw $293.5 million in revenue. That’s a roughly 59% increase from the year prior when the company tape-recorded $184.4 million in top line. Throughout that same duration, Coursera published a bottom line of nearly $67 million, up 46% from the previous year’s $46.7 million net deficit.

Notably the company had approximately the same non-cash, share-based settlement costs in both years. And even if we permit the business to evaluate its profitability on an adjusted EBITDA basis, Coursera’s losses still rose from 2019 to 2020, broadening from $26.9 million to $39.8 million.

To understand the distinction in between adjusted losses and net losses it deserves unloading the EBITDA acronym. Standing for earnings before interest, taxes, devaluation, and amortization, EBITDA strips out some non-operating expenses to give investors a possible much better picture of the continuing health of a company, without getting captured up in accounting subtlety. Changed EBITDA takes the principle one step even more, likewise eliminating the non-cash expense of share-based payment, and in a much more cheeky relocation, in this case likewise subtracts “payroll tax expenditure related to stock-based activities” as well.

For our functions, even when we grade Coursera’s success on an extremely courteous curve it still winds up generating stiff losses. The business’s adjusted EBITDA as a portion of earnings– a method of identifying success in contrast to profits– barely enhanced from a 2019 outcome of -15% to -14% in 2020.

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