Online ad network Rubicon Project files for $100M IPO

The Rubicon Project, owner of an online ad network that automates buying/selling decisions, has filed for a $100M IPO under the symbol RUBI. Morgan Stanley, Goldman, RBC, Needham, Oppenheimer, and Luma Securities are underwriting. (S-1)

Rubicon differentiates itself through a technology platform that features 25K+ CPUs and relies on algorithms to (per the company) make ~300 data-driven decisions per ad transaction.  The company claims "technical integrations" with 500+ ad sellers, and says buyers (ad networks/platforms and trading desks) collectively use Rubicon to reach 550M Web users.

Ad retargeting platform Rocket Fuel (FUEL -6.9%), which delivered a very successful IPO last year, is one of Rubicon's clients. As with many other online ad names, Google looms large as a competitor.

Over the first nine months of 2013, Rubicon had revenue of $55.7M (+48% Y/Y), and a net loss of $9.2M. Gross margin was 79.9%.

2013 was a mixed year for online ad IPOs. While Rocket Fuel and fellow retargeting platform Criteo performed very well, online video ad plays YuMe and Tremor Media fell flat.

Comments (2)
  • SoldHigh
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    I wonder if google buys them first
    4 Feb 2014, 03:03 PM Reply Like
  • m8
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    can someone explain how it is that FUEL is both a competitor and client of Rubicon ?
    5 Feb 2014, 08:13 PM Reply Like
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