The online education company Coursera late Tuesday priced an initial public offering of 15.73 million shares at $33 each, the high end of the expected range of $30 to $33.
The company will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol COUR.
Goldman Sachs Group
are leading the underwriting group.
The offering includes 14.66 million shares sold by the company and 1.07 million from selling holders. On a fully diluted basis, the company will have 162.7 million shares outstanding after the offering, giving it a market value of $5.4 billion at the offering price.
In 2020, Coursera had revenue of $293.5 million, up 59% from 2019. The company had a net loss of $66.6 million.
In a letter to investors in the prospectus for the offering, Chairman and co-founder Andrew Ng said that when he and
started the company, their mission was “to transform lives through learning.” Koller left the company in 2016.
“We started Coursera to democratize access to high-quality education,” he wrote, saying the company is grateful to the more than 200 universities and institutions of learning that have worked with it. Ng cited Michigan, Princeton, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania as institutions that embraced Coursera’s approach right away.
Coursera offers courses both through enterprise customers and to individuals. The prospectus says that the company offers more than 4,600 courses, more than 1,000 “guided projects” to learn job skills in less than two hours, and a variety of professional certification programs.
The company said that as of the end of 2020, it had more than 77 million registered learners on the platform. Coursera said it has more than 2,000 business customers. In 2020, 66% of revenue came from consumers, with 24% from enterprise customers, and 10% from degree programs.
After the offering, the largest investors in the company will include the venture- capital firms New Enterprise Associates, with a 16.4% stake; G Squared, with 14.1%; Kleiner Perkins, with 8.2%; and Future Fund, the Australian sovereign- wealth fund, with 7%.
The Coursera filing reports that the investment firms Baillie Gifford and Capital Research each expressed an interest in buying up to $125 million of stock in the offering at the IPO price.
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