Netscape IPO

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In 1995, Netscape, an early leader and innovator in the Internet and WWW software and web browser market, had been going through the initial public offering (IPO) process. Specifically, on August 8, 1995, Netscape’s lead IPO underwriters recommended to the Netscape board to increase the initial offering price to $28 per share from $14 per share, a 100% increase...
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At this new offering price, the firm’s value would be $1 billion, raising many eyebrows since their 1995 revenues to date were only $16 million, the firm was only 16 months old, and they had not yet shown a profit. The question remained: what was the required yearly revenue growth rate to support a firm value of $1 billion and the IPO price of $28 per share? A net present value analysis was performed for the time period 1995-2005 using current 1995 income statement and balance sheet data for Netscape...
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