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After filing for its IPO in August, Angie’s List has put a price tag on its stock. Shares will be priced between $11 and $13 to bring in a maximum of $131.4 million, valuing Angie's List at some $700 million.
The 16-year-old company took home $62.6 million in revenue in the first nine months of 2011, compared to $42.9 million in the same time period last year. But it’s also losing a lot more this year than it did last year. With a whopping $47.9 million going to marketing, the company has already posted a loss of $38.8 million, compared to $23.1 million for the entire year of 2010.
As it turns out, Angie’s List has suffered losses every year since inception, and today the company carries a deficit of $160.6 million as of September 2011—up from $143.2 million in August 2011.
But it’s not without good reason, the company claims. It has raised the stakes in member acquisition, which would explain its high marketing costs.
And its strategy appears to be working. Angie’s List nearly doubled paid memberships to more than one million as of October 2011, compared to 558,000 in the first nine months of 2010. And the service is now available in 175 markets throughout the U.S., compared to 170 in August.
To date, Angie’s List has raised over $140 million in financing, including its most recent round in March 2011 to the tune of $53.6 million.
Founded in 1995 in Indiana, Angie’s List is a trusted source of reviews on “high cost of failure” services, such as home repair service providers, landscapers, healthcare practitioners, mechanics, and more. In other words, the site focuses on services that could cost the average consumer a lot if done badly.
While you can get reviews from Yelp and other free review sites, Angie’s List prides itself on the fact that it’s a paid service that takes specific measures to prevent businesses from posting positive reviews of themselves. For example, Angie’s List doesn’t allow for anonymous reviews.
Angie’s List will trade on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol ANGI.
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