IPO drought lifts, as Marin Software and Model N reveal their paperwork

by Brenon Daly

Both Marin Software and Model N revealed their IPO paperwork Wednesday evening, setting the pair up to be the first new technology companies to come to market since mid-November. Both planned offerings have a $75m cover raise, and given the new regulations around IPOs, won’t actually hit the market until mid-March at the earliest. But at least the end to the recent IPO drought is (apparently) near.

Although they share the same filing date, the two companies are very different. Model N sells revenue management software, primarily to the life sciences industry although it has also expanded to tech vendors recently. Model N, which is almost twice as old as Marin Software, sells both perpetual licenses and a subscription product. License sales and related maintenance account for the majority of Model N’s revenue, which totaled $89m in 2012. J.P. Morgan Securities and Deutsche Bank Securities are leading the offering.

Founded in 2006, Marin Software only really began selling its subscription-based digital advertising platform in 2009. Since then, the company has been growing quickly. Through the first nine months of 2012, it recorded $43m in sales, up 72% from the same period in 2011. Marin Software’s revenue retention rate has topped 100% in each of the past two years. Bookrunners are Goldman Sachs & Co and Deutsche Bank.

With the different vintages, business models and markets, Model N and Marin Software will undoubtedly appeal to different investor classes on Wall Street. Along with that, they will undoubtedly garner different valuations. Loosely, we figure Model N will debut at about a $400m valuation and Marin Software may come out at roughly $600m. After the dry spell that we’ve seen in the IPO market recently, $1bn or so of value creation from the two companies will be a welcome development in Silicon Valley.

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