Snakk Media share offer near bottom of valuation range

Snakk Media, the latest brainchild of Hyperfactory co-founder Derek Handley, wants to raise up to $2 million through a share purchase plan near the bottom of an independent adviser report’s valuation range.

The Auckland-based company will sell shares at 12 cents apiece, a 20 percent discount to the average trading price over the past 30 days, and near the lower end of the 10.9 cents to 20.6 cents range attributed to the stock by London-based Edison Investment Research. The research house had difficulty valuing Snakk due to the early stage of its existence, and said removing a 25 percent bid premium would put the top end of the range at 15.5 cents.

“The company is at an early stage of its development and valuation is highly subjective,” the Edison report said. “In our view, these methodologies fail to reflect management’s ambitions to realise the group’s underlying potential.”

The Edison report highlights the difficulties analysts have in valuing technology-based companies, a month after cloud-based accounting software firm Xero passed the billion dollar value by market capitalisation before it even turned a profit.

The Snakk offer will be available to shareholders registered by before the close of business on May 1, and will be open from May 6 to May 21.

Snakk plans to use to the funds to expand into new regions, grow its sales team, add new technology and look at strategic investment opportunities, it said in a statement.

The shares listed on the NZX at 6.5 cents last month in a compliance listing, meaning no funds were raised, and have since climbed to 15 cents.

Snakk’s third quarter sales accelerated to $1.44 million in the final three months of 2012 from $686,000 a year earlier, exceeding the $1.22 million it made in the first six months of the financial year.

The company makes money by aggregating publishers’ ad space on mobile devices and matching it to advertisers’ demand.

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