Weekly Update #152: Twilio's Path to IPO

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Weekly Update #152: Twilio's Path to IPO
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Twilio announces price range of IPO at $12-14 per share
Though Twilio filed its S-1 last week (indicating that the SEC has approved its plan to go public), announcing a price range is important because it shows that Twilio is continuing with its plan. This is in comparison to companies in the past that filed their initial S-1 (such as Nutanix and Box in 2014), then abandoned the idea due to market conditions.
Twilio's management have given an initial indication that investors believe their company is worth $1.07 billion, using the midpoint of $13 per share. As software companies are typically compared to other software companies based on a multiple of trailing-twelve-month (TTM) revenue, let's see where Twilio shakes out:
 (Source: Seeking Alpha)
Twilio, at $1.07 billion, is valued at 5x its TTM Revenue, despite having grown revenue 84% over the past year (which outpaces all other SaaS companies). It would appear that, at $13 per share, Twilio is undervalued. We will see if the company revises its IPO price in the coming days. 
In the meantime, here's a pretty cool graphic, courtesy of EquityZen:
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