Real estate listings site Zillow has just priced its IPO at $20 per share, giving the company a $539 million valuation. Last week, the company upped the pricing of its IPO to $16 to $18 per share, from the initial range of $12 to $14 per share. Zillow, which will begin trading under the symbol “Z” on the NASDAQ tomorrow morning, will raise as much as $79.6 million in the offering.
The number of changes in Zillow’s pricing (and the steady increase in share value pre-IPO) is similar to LinkedIn and Pandora’s pricing increases. These companies saw fluctuations in the share value post-IPO (though both companies have rebounded in July). Other tech companies like HomeAway, Fusion-IO and Yandex didn’t post a number of changed in pre-IPO pricing and have seen steady share values.
Zillow, which initially filed its S-1 in April, currently lists over 100 million U.S. homes, including homes for sale, homes for rent and homes not currently on the market. Zillow launched a mortgage marketplace in 2008, and subsequently expanded into rentals and mobile.
According to Experian Hitwise, Zillow.com is the third most visited Real Estate site in the U.S and received 5.36% of Real Estate visits in March 2011, which is a 53% increase compared to March 2010. While Zillow is growing traffic, the company yet to make a profit, and has been taking a loss for the past three years. This could be a factor in how the market reacts to Zillow tomorrow morning.
Underwriters for the include Citi, Allen & Company, Pacific Crest Securities, ThinkEquity LLC, and First Washington Corporation.
Zillow, Inc. founded and operates Zillow.com – a leading online real estate marketplace dedicated to helping homeowners, buyers, sellers, renters, real estate agents, mortgage professionals, landlords, and property managers find and share vital information about homes, real estate, and mortgages. Zilow, Inc. also operates Zillow Mortgage Marketplace and Zillow Mobile. Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink started Zillow in early 2005, and Zillow.com launched in early 2006 with data and information on millions of U.S. homes. Zillow’s goal is to help...