Yandex, the largest search engine in Russia, is preparing to raise up to $2 billion in an IPO that will value the company at $5 billion, Reuters reports. The newswire says that Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and Renaissance Capital are on board to do an offering on the Nasdaq.
Yandex generated revenue of about $160 million in 2007, up 130% over 2006’s $72 million, with most of it coming from contextual advertising. We estimate a 2007 operating margin of 40%, producing operating income of approximately $65 million. The company generated net income of $29 million in 2006 and $13.6 million in 2005…
Given Yandex’s growth rate and dominant market share, we believe the company is worth at least 40X-45X trailing net income, or $3 billion.
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