GoDaddy files for $100 million stock IPO
But don’t cue the celebratory racy Danica Patrick video just yet: In a filing with the Security and Exchange Commission on Monday, the website registration company offered an inside look at the company’s hurting finances, and GoDaddy hasn’t made a profit since 2009.
The company lost $279 million in 2012. It bled another $200 million last year. This year doesn’t look much better, with another $51 million lost in the first quarter.
What’s going on? The company’s still recovering from a bad stretch. It was mired in debt back in 2011, when three private equity firms came to the rescue: KKR & Co., Silver Lake Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures.
They reportedly paid $2.25 billion or so to buy a major stake in the company, according to The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
Also, as part of the announcement, GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons said he is stepping down from his current position as executive chairman, though he’ll remain on the board. He stepped down as CEO in 2011.
GoDaddy’s SEC filing shows Parsons — a controversial figure who’s taken heat for shooting elephants and the company’s sexually-themed commercials — still owns 28% of the company directly. KKR and Silver Lake each own 28%. Technology Crossover Ventures has the smallest slice, with 12%.
This is the second time GoDaddy has tried to go public. It went this route back in 2006, but then backed out when it didn’t get the pricing it wanted.
This time around, the company plans to offer a yet-undetermined number of shares of common stock. And there’s no word yet what the company ticker will be.
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