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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Chegg Going Public, Issues IPO

Chegg used to be a Craigslist-type of business for selling and renting textbooks. Now, it bills itself as a “student hub” offering textbook solutions in both print and digital formats, scholarships, study tools, and a place to resell course materials.

Having grown over the years, Chegg is filing an initial public offering that it hopes will raise $150 million. The company is valued at $800 million, generated a net revenue of more than $213 million last year, and has raised nearly $200 million from investors, according to an eCampus News report.

While the company value is impressive, it’s also been piling up impressive losses such as $26 million in red ink in 2010. But the bleeding is beginning to slow with a net loss of $21 million in the first half of 2013, compared to a first-half loss of $32 million in 2012.

“What Chegg must prove to investors is that its growing revenue can be converted to profits,” wrote Alex Wilhelm in a TechCrunch post. “However, given the scale of its raise compared to its current cash position, it doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to reach the black.”

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