HomeAway IPO Shares Pop 39%, Market Cap Reaches $3 Billion

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By Leena Rao

Vacation home rental service HomeAway (NASDAQ:AWAY) has begun trading on the NASDAQ this morning under the symbol ‘AWAY’, with the shares trading as high as $37.10. giving the company a market cap of $3 billion. That’s an increase of 39 percent, up from the company’s initial pricing of $27 per share last night.

HomeAway, which filed for an IPO in March, raised $216 million in the offering.

As revealed in the company’s filings, HomeAway saw $167.9 million in 2010 revenue, which is up 39.6% from 2009. In 2010, 37.9% of the company’s revenue came from outside the United States, including 36.6% from Europe and 1.3% from Latin America. In 2010, rental listings contributed 91.1% of HomeAway’s revenue. Net Income for 2010 came in at $16.9 million, up from $7.6 million in 2009. And the company says there is plenty of room for growth—the vacation rental market is valued at $85 billion in 2010 in the United States and Europe.

We’ll see if HomeAway can sustain the value of its shares throughout the day.

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