GrubHub shares soar on debut; up 40% in early trading

GrubHub is one of the big offerings this IPO season and is performing better than expected, raising $192 million.
By Ananth Baliga   |   April 4, 2014 at 11:32 AM

NEW YORK, April 4 (UPI) -- Online food ordering company GrubHub had a dream start to its initial public offering, surging more than 40 percent in early trading to $37 per share.

GrubHub had priced its 6.4 million shares at $26 Thursday, with the company raising $200 million in the deal. The company is promising and delivering strong growth to investors, which seems to have been reciprocated with a strong showing by tech investors. The company generated $137.1 million in 2013, 67 percent higher than the last year.

The company is profitable, making $6.7 million last year, differentiating it from many other loss-making companies going public. At current levels the company is valued at $2.8 billion.

The company was formed last year through a merger of Chicago-based GrubHub and New York-based Seamless, and was named GrubHub Seamless. Last year, the company attracted 3.4 million "Active Diners" and more than 28,000 affiliated restaurants.

The company is facing a potential lawsuit by a software company in San Diego that claims GrubHub and other online ordering companies are violating patents related to online order-synching technology and online menus.

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