Vimeo Stock Hits Nasdaq After IAC Spin-Off IPO Completed
Vimeo stock hit the market today. For those who haven’t heard, IAC (Nasdaq: IAC), the parent company of Vimeo, took the company public in a spinoff. This isn’t the first time IAC has done this, and it likely won’t be the last. Here are all the details on the Vimeo IPO.
Vimeo Stock: The Business
Zach Klein and Jake Lodwick founded Vimeo in 2004. Vimeo is an American video hosting, sharing and services platform. Headquartered in New York City, the company aims to deliver high-definition video across a number of devices. Vimeo’s business model is software-as-a-service (SaaS).
According to Vimeo’s website, the platform has more than 200 million users and 1.6 million paid subscribers. These users are in more than 190 countries. Additionally, Vimeo claims 350,000 new videos are added each day. And the platform has over 100 billion video views.
Vimeo serves corporate companies, but also content creators and entrepreneurs. And as the world begins to find its new normal post-COVID-19, video communication continues to be a popular media. So it’s not surprising that IAC chose now to offer up Vimeo stock.
Finances and Market
On May 5, 2021, Vimeo released its first quarter revenue report. In the first quarter of 2020, Vimeo recorded revenue of $57 million. In the first quarter of 2021, that figure increased to $89.4 million for growth of 57%. Additionally, Vimeo went from a net loss of $20.3 million in 2020 to net earnings of $3.3 million in 2021.
Vimeo expects the SaaS market to be worth $70 billion by 2024. The company claims it’s positioned to take advantage of the growing market. That’s because it’s the go-to platform for local shops and Fortune 500 businesses alike.
On the Vimeo stock spinoff, CEO Anjali Sud commented…
As a video software solution serving more than 200 million professionals, teams and organizations, Vimeo is making professional-quality video far easier and more effective than ever before. This is a proud moment for Vimeo, but just the beginning. Looking ahead, as an independent public company, we are well-positioned to keep innovating with urgency to expand our software suite and put the full power of video in the hands of every business and team in the world.
Board of Directors
Additionally, the company announced an entire board of directors specifically for the new spinoff company. There are 11 members:
- Joey Levin, chief executive officer, IAC (chairman of the board)
- Adam Gross, technology investor and software industry veteran
- Alesia Haas, chief financial officer, Coinbase
- Kendall Handler, general counsel, IAC
- Ida Kane, chief financial officer, Appfolio
- Mo Koyfman, founder and general partner, Shine Capital
- Spike Lee, film director, producer, screenwriter, actor and professor
- Nabil Mallick, general partner, Thrive Capital
- Glenn Schiffman, chief financial officer, IAC
- Anjali Sud, chief executive officer, Vimeo
- George C. Wolfe, playwright, film and theater director
IAC CEO and Vimeo Chairman of the Board Joey Levin stated…
Vimeo has been part of IAC for 14 years, growing into a strong industry leader ready to stand on its own. Hard to believe that what started as a small team inside College Humor is now positioned to become a big public company with a world-class board of directors. Vimeo represents the best of IAC – a long-term investment with a product that delights users in a large and growing market, an incredible management team, and big ambition.
Some other companies IAC has spun off publicly include Match Group (Nasdaq: MTCH) and Angi Inc. (Nasdaq: ANGI), a combination of IAC’s HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List. IAC continues to acquire and spin off companies, with Vimeo being its 11th. Barry Diller, chairman and senior executive of IAC, said, “It appears there is validation in repetition. On to the 12th.”
So let’s look at what the Vimeo stock transaction entailed.
Vimeo Becomes a Publicly Traded Company
On May 25, 2021, IAC announced it completed the spinoff IPO of Vimeo. But this wasn’t a typical IPO. A spinoff creates a new independent company with new shares. Under the transaction agreement of the Vimeo spinoff, IAC shareholders received 1.6235 shares of Vimeo stock for each share of IAC stock held as of May 24, 2021.
Vimeo stock began trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol VMEO. Shares of Vimeo stock opened at $47.15 Tuesday morning.
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