Feb 23, 2018

Dropbox files for an IPO

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Dropbox, a file storage and sharing company, has filed for a $500 million initial public offering.

  • Offering details: The San Francisco-based company plans to trade on the NASDAQ under ticker symbol DBX, with Goldman Sachs listed as left lead underwriter.
  • Financials: Dropbox is not profitable yet. It reported net losses of $210.2 million and $111.7 million in fiscal 2016 and 2017, respectively. Dropbox brought in $844.8 million in revenue during the fiscal year of 2016, and $1.1 billion in fiscal 2017.

Business numbers:

  • More than 500 million registered users, in more than 180 countries—though it double-counts people who have multiple separate accounts.
  • 11 million paying users, up from 8.8 million in 2016, and 6.5 million in 2015 (same note as above).
  • Average revenue per paying user (ARPU): $111.91 in 2017, up from $110.54 in 2016, and down from $113.54.
  • 90% of its revenue is from self-serve channels.
  • More than 500,000 developers had registered and built applications using Dropbox's tech as of Dec. 2017.

Backers: Dropbox has raised more than $1.7 billion in venture capital and debt financing, and was most recently valued at about $10 billion. Its major backers include Sequoia Capital, Accel, T. Roe Price, and Green Bay Ventures.

The story has been updated with more information.

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