Enterprise Wi-Fi vendor Aerohive files for $75M IPO

Aerohive Networks, provider of a line of Wi-Fi and wired networking gear and related software/services, has filed for a $75M IPO under the symbol HIVE. Goldman, BofA/Merrill, Piper, William Blair, and JMP are underwriting.

Much like Cisco's Meraki unit (acquired for $1.2B), Aerohive's hardware is backed by a cloud-based management/services platform meant to lower admin costs and simplify installation, as well as deal with the growing number of user-purchased laptops and mobile devices attempting to access corporate networks thanks to the BYOD trend.

Aerohive also competes against Aruba Networks (ARUN +0.5%), which offers its Aruba Central platform to buyers of its enterprise Wi-Fi access points wanting a cloud-based management solution.

Over the first nine months of 2013, Aerohive had revenue of $76.9M (+53% Y/Y), and a net loss of $25.4M. Sales/marketing spend totaled $42M.


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