Secondaries are primary for recent IPOs

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The IPO window may be slammed shut right now, but the few tech companies that have managed to make it public have found the window wide open when it comes to selling more shares. In the past week or so, QlikTech, RealPage and IntraLinks have all priced their secondary sales. All three companies only came public last summer and have had strong runs since their debuts.

Recall that QlikTech priced its IPO above the expected range, something of a rarity in the current climate. After coming public in mid-July at $10, the stock traded above $20 two months later and has held that level. Shares in the analytics company closed at $23.79 on Tuesday. Incidentally, the company didn’t sell any shares in the offering. Instead, the three main backers (Accel Partners, Jerusalem Venture Partners and Stiftelsen Industrifonden) are all lightening their holdings in the 11.5-million-share secondary.

Meanwhile, rental property software provider RealPage put in the paperwork for its follow-on offering just three months after first selling shares to the public. The company sold four million shares, raising about $98m. Another 6.35 million shares came from selling shareholders, notably Apax Partners. Although RealPage initially came public below its expected range at $11, the shares have traded at twice that level since mid-October. RealPage closed Tuesday at $27.90, giving the company a market cap of about $1.8bn.

And IntraLinks priced its 10-million-share offering at $20 each. That’s up substantially from the $13 that the on-demand document management company first sold shares to the public back in early August. IntraLinks is selling two million shares, with the remaining eight million coming from its backers. The stock closed Tuesday at $19.16.

IntraLinks limps onto the market

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It turns out that the third time is not the charm for IntraLinks, at least not in terms of its initial valuation as a public company. IntraLinks cut the price for the 11 million shares it is selling to $13 each, down from the $14-16 range it had set. That means the company is raising $143m, some $22m less than it would have if it priced at the midpoint of its initial range. That’s a key consideration because unprofitable IntraLinks was counting on the IPO proceeds to help it pay down debt.

But at least it did manage to get public, unlike the times it filed back in 2000 and 2005. We recently noted how much more grown up IntraLinks looks now compared to its earlier S-1s. One kicker: when it originally filed in 2000, the company ran at negative gross margins compared to the fairly respectable 65% it notched in 2009. Although IntraLinks still isn’t printing black numbers, it’s come a long way from 2000, when it lost five times more money than it even brought in as revenue.

The weaker-than-expected pricing continues a trend that we’ve seen in most tech offerings so far this year: Motricity, Broadsoft, TeleNav, Convio and others have all priced below their range – and all of them are trading lower in the aftermarket. (The one exception to this weakness is QlikTech. The offering, which we indicated would be a hot one, priced above its range at $10, and is now trading at $15.) For its part, IntraLinks first traded at $13 and basically stuck around that level in its debut.