The gains — and declines — in the tech IPO market

Contact: Brenon Daly

After a four-month drought, the enterprise tech IPO market saw its first new debutants warmly welcomed onto Wall Street this week. Both Model N and Marin Software priced above their expected ranges and traded higher in the aftermarket. Collectively, the two offerings created almost $1bn in market value.

While the strong debuts by Model N and Marin Software may help draw other companies – and their underwriters – to the public market, the IPO market is still running behind where it was at this time last year. In the first three months of 2012, we saw five enterprise tech vendors go public, including ExactTarget, Demandware and last year’s unexpected top-performing offering, Guidewire Software. Altogether, the class of early 2012 is now valued at about $5.5bn on the public markets.

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