Shutterstock IPO To Be Priced Between $13-$15 Per Share

Posted on 9/28/2012 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

Shutterstock Inc has announced that it plans to sell 4.5 million shares in its initial public offering at between $13 and $15 each. This block of shares would represent about 14% of its total shares outstanding.

The company would raise $67.5 million at the top of this range, much below the up to $115 million it filed to raise in May. The amount of money a company says it will raise in its first filing is used to calculate registration fees and is often a placeholder, with the actual proceeds being different. (For an analysis of what Shutterstock and Fotolia might do with their new found money see here.)

According to its regulatory filing, Shutterstock delivered more than 58 million paid downloads to about 550,000 active users last year and posted revenue of $120.3 million in 2011.

At the top end of the expected price range the company would have a market value of $493 million. The company plans to list its stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SSTK". One of its competitors, Fotolia, received $150 million growth equity investment in May from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and is now valued at about $300 million. In August the private equity firm Carlyle Group LP (CG.O) agreed to acquire Getty Images for $3.3 billion.

The filing also revealed that Shutterstock CEO Jonathan Oringer, who founded the company in 2003, will retain a 56.6 percent stake in the company after the offering.

Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank Securities and Jefferies are lead underwriters for the IPO.

Copyright © 2012 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


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