Demand Media, which produces 5700 new pieces of content daily, is teeing up to raise more than $100 million through an initial public offering.
It was widely expected to happen soon. See my interview with CEO and co-founder Richard Rosenblatt: Demand Media's IPO ambitions
Demand, a new media company that thrives on demand-based content generation driven primarily by what people are searching for, just today filed its S-1.
The main bankers behind the deal include Goldman Sachs as the lead, and then Morgan Stanley. Other partners in the syndicate include UBS, Allen & Co., Jefferies & Co., Stifel Nicolaus, RBC and Pacific Crest.
The takeaway from the S-1: The company has $33 million in cash, is "almost" breakeven, and could see revenue growth in the 15% to 20% range this year should the second half of 2010 improve (which it typically does for the advertising industry).
Of the $198 million in sales generated in 2009, 41% came from advertising on its own sites, eHow, Cracked, Livestrong, to name a few, as well as its network of sites. On those sales, Demand produced a net loss of $22 million and an operating loss of $18 million.
In the first six months of this year, the company generated $114 million in revenue and posted a net loss of $6 million and operating loss of $4 million, in the same period.
Of the revenue generated in the first six months of 2010, 42% came from its registrar business, down from 46% in all of 2009.
Some interesting highlights:
1) Revenue grew 16% in 2009
2) Revenue per thousand pages (RPM) is $11.81 during the first half of 2010, up from $10.03 for the same period a year ago.
3) 21% of revenue comes from eHow during the first six months of 2010
4) Demand generates 5700 pieces of original content (articles or video) daily. They currently have a library of 2 million articles and 200,000 videos
5) Generates 3.9 billion pageviews from its owned and operated properties vs 5.8 billion pageviews from its network of customer Web sites
Here's a video with Richard talking about the company's business.
(Full disclosure: Richard Rosenblatt is an investor in Vator)