Antivirus software firm Quick Heal eyes over $300M valuation in IPO

Antivirus software maker Quick Heal Technologies Ltd, which is backed by Sequoia Capital, has fixed the price band for its initial public offering (IPO) at Rs 311-321 a share.

At the upper end of the price band, the issue would be worth Rs 468 crore ($68.8 million).

While bulk of the money from the offer for sale would go to the promoters, Sequoia will take out around Rs 87.8 crore in the issue. It had invested Rs 36 crore in Quick Heal in 2010 and separately also bought shares worth Rs 24 crore from the firm’s promoters.

The VC firm owns a 10.25 per cent stake in the company and is selling less than half of it. It would almost triple its investment, as per VCCircle estimates.

The proposed public issue, which will hit the capital market on February 8 and close two days later, will value the firm at around Rs 2,200 crore ($322 million).

Quick Heal had filed its draft red herring prospectus with the capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India in October and received approval in December.

It plans to use the proceeds from the fresh issue of shares for advertising and sales promotion and capital expenditure for research and development.

The Pune-based company was founded by brothers Kailash, who is CEO, chairman and managing director, and Sanjay Katkar, who is chief technology officer and technical director, in 1991.

Initially called CAT Computer Services Pvt Ltd, the company later transformed from being a computer maintenance firm to an IT security solutions provider. It was rechristened as Quick Heal in 2007.

The firm develops antivirus software and has 65 offices in 37 cities across India, the UAE, Japan, Kenya and the US. A little over 2 per cent of its revenue comes from outside India.

ICICI Securities, Jefferies India and JPMorgan are managing the issue.

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