German software firm TeamViewer's IPO already oversubscribed

BERLIN (Reuters) - The initial public offering for German software company TeamViewer was immediately oversubscribed when its shares went on offer on Thursday, putting it on track to reach the 5.5 billion euro ($6.1 billion) valuation it is seeking.

One of the bookrunners handling what is one of the biggest IPOs in Europe this year said the books were oversubscribed on the full deal, including the greenshoe and upsize options.

TeamViewer sells software for online meetings and remote desktop access, with more than 20 million support sessions taking place each day on its platform. Unlike many other tech companies going public, TeamViewer is already profitable.

The private-equity backed firm said on Wednesday its shares would be offered in Frankfurt at between 23.50 and 27.50 euros per share, with expected gross proceeds of between 1.41 billion to 2.31 billion euros depending on the final number of shares placed and the issue price.

TeamViewer said the price range implied a total market capitalisation of between 4.7 billion and 5.5 billion euros, with the free float ranging from 30% to 42% of the firm’s shares depending on the total offer size.

The offer period is set to run from Sept. 12-24, with the first day of trading planned for Sept. 25.

After a steady stream of stock market listings last year, IPOs have slowed in Germany in 2019, with Volkswagen truck unit Traton being the only sizeable Frankfurt listing of the year.

Permira bought TeamViewer for 870 million euros in 2014 and Permira’s Germany head Joerg Rockenhaeuser said the investor wanted to remain a major shareholder after the IPO.

TeamViewer says that its addressable market, currently worth 10 billion euros will grow to 30 billion in 2023, as companies invest in digitally controlling their production machines and the trend of employees working from home intensifies.

Listed peers include Zoom Video Communications Inc, Okta Inc and Slack Technologies Inc, which listed on the New York Stock Exchange in June at a blockbuster valuation of more than 50 times its revenue.

Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are organising the IPO with the help of Bank of America, Barclays and RBC Capital Markets, while Lilja & Co is acting as IPO adviser.

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Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by David Evans