The company, which has its WDM products deployed in more than 300 networks globally, is to offer 7.61 million shares (28.3 percent of its total capital) at between SEK47 and SEK57, raising between SEK357.7 million and SEK433.8 million ($56.2 million and $68.1 million) for the existing shareholders that are selling their stock.
If there is sufficient demand, an additional "upsize" tranche of up to 3.45 million shares may be offered for sale, while up to 1.38 million extra shares may also be sold to cover any over-allotments. If both the upsize and over-allotment shares are all sold, a total of 12.45 million shares (46.2 percent of the company's total capital) will be traded.
Transmode, which was named as Top IPO/M&A Candidate in the 2008 Leading Lights Awards, is not selling any shares as part of the IPO and so will not bank any of the proceeds. (See LR Names 2008 Leading Lights Winners.)
The move follows a few years of steady if unspectacular progress that has seen the company grow its annual revenues to SEK699 million ($109.7 million) in 2010, a near 23 percent increase compared with 2009. And the company is profitable, as it reported net income of SEK81.4 million ($12.8 million) last year.
Table 1: Transmode Financials 2008-2010
|In millions Swedish kronor||2008||2009||2010|
|Adjusted operating margin||17.6%||11.3%||15.5%|
|Net profit after tax||77.3||44.3||81.4|
That trend has continued into 2011, as Transmode generated revenues of SEK181.1 million ($28.4 million), and net income (before expenses related to the IPO) of SEK6.4 million ($1 million), during the first three months of 2011.
The company had raised more than $93 million from investors including Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd. , Harbour Vest Partners LLC and European Equity Partners . (See Transmode Lands Another $12M.)
Why this matters
The move provides extra visibility and an additional route to new funds for a company that has managed its growth and expansion during the past few years with a steady hand, never stretching beyond its capabilities or picking battles it couldn't win.
While being a listed company will eat up resources, in terms of management time and cash, those additional demands should be outweighed by the gains, and provide Transmode's investors with a return on their investments.
The IPO will also indicate whether investors have an appetite for a competitive telecom infrastructure vendor in a market that, to many, may look like it's being increasingly dominated by Chinese suppliers. Transmode's ability to grow and squeeze profits in a highly competitive market will no doubt attract investors seeking a vehicle that promises steady growth under safe management.
Transmode has been expanding into new niches and growing its customer base for the past few years:
- Transmode Tackles Video Transport
- Transmode Wins UK Transport Deal
- Transmode Unveils 80GigE System
- Net4Mobility Chooses Transmode for NGN
- Transmode Goes Far East
- BBWF 2010: Euro Vendor Joins WDM-PON Fray
- Transmode Wins Spanish Deal
- NEC, Transmode To Build Latvian Backbone
- Transmode Touts 4 Nanosecond Latency
- Transmode Joins Mobile Backhaul Fray
- Transmode Boasts 2008 Growth
- Sten Guns for Packet Optical Integration