Friday, July 20, 2012

Kayak and Palo Alto Take Off Day One Trading with a Bang

Kayak and Palo Alto Take Off Day One Trading with a BangPalm Beach, FL 7/20/12 (StreetBeat) – Kayak (Nasdaq: KYAK), a household name for online hotel-and flight-search, jumped $4, or 16 percent, this morning to open at $30 a share.

The company sold shares last night at $26 a share, raising $100 million. At that price point, the company has a market valuation of $1 billion.

Only last week, Kayak had estimated it would sell 3.5 million shares between $22 and $25. The stock can be found on Nasdaq Exchange under the ticker symbol “KYAK.”

Kayak was founded in 2004 by Steve Hafner, Kayak’s CEO, and Paul English, Kayak’s CTO.

The IPO has been a long time in coming. The Norwalk, Conn.-based company filed nearly a year ago, but faced multiple delays as the economy sputtered. More recently, the offering was considered to be a possibility again after other companies, such as LinkedIn, Yelp, Angie’s List, Facebook and others, went public with varying degrees of success.

Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW), a provider of Internet firewall technology, also started trading early this morning, jumping as much as 48 percent in its public debut.

Kayak had raised a combined $223 million over four rounds, including a mammoth $196 million round in 2007 from Sequoia Capital, General Catalyst Partners and Accel Partners, most of which was used to acquire rival SideStep for about $200 million in cash and stock.

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