Vendasta (TSX:VND) Aims to Raise $100M

Posted on March 23, 2021 by Mathieu Litalien

Vendasta filed an amendment to its long-form prospectus which included expected pricing details. The company aims to raise $100M at prices between $14.00 and $16.00 per share. 

Assuming it prices at the mid-point of the office and Vendasta Technologies will have 47,051,353 common shares issued and outstanding or 48,051,353 common shares if the over-allotment option is exercised in full. 

This gives it a valuation between $706 and $741 million. 

Based on 2020 revenue of $47.9M, this gives it a price to sales ratio between 14.74 and 15.5. As we talked about previously, it has no true publicly listed competitor and the range of SaaS companies and their values is quite significant. 

Case in point, LSPD, NVEI and DND all have P/S ratios above these levels. Granted all three of those are growing at a faster pace than Vendasta. Assuming it grows at the same pace it did in 2020, Vendasta would be trading between 11.42 and 12 times forward sales. 

In comparison, DND and NVEI are trading below 10 times forward sales while LSPD is currently trading at 16 times sales. 

Of note, all of these companies (including Vendasta) have negative EBITDA and similar cash/debt levels and as such, their EV/Sales ratios are very similar to the P/S ratios. 

All things considered, we expect strong demand for the company's IPO. Assuming it prices at the top range (or above expectations), we'd consider it fairly valued. However, if it prices at the low end of expectations, we'd certainly be taking a look at the company. 

Vendasta expects to trade under the symbol VND and will close at some point in April. Date TBD.

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Mathieu Litalien

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Mathieu is an individual investor and has been investing part-time for the better part of the past 20 years. He is primarily interested in fundamental analysis, focusing on the long-term and his portfolio is composed primarily of dividend-paying equities. Mathieu has a moderate risk profile and also looks for growth and value. His passion for finance and the markets have led him to his MBA and writing for Seeking Alpha and Stocktrades. Mathieu also focuses primarily on stock research and content production for Premium and the Stocktrades blog.