Facebook Developer SNAP Bucks IPO Malaise

SNAP Interactive's stock remains red hot at a time when many other technology companies have cold feet about going public.

While the recent fever for initial public offerings by technology companies has cooled somewhat, SNAP Interactive has remained red-hot.

This parent company of Facebook dating app Are You Interested has reported nine consecutive quarters of revenue growth, and its stock price has skyrocketed more than 600 percent in the past 12 months.

SNAP Interactive said its average revenue multiple (meaning market capitalization divided by run-rate revenues,) was 2.1 as of September 1. Other companies that have gone public or been rumored to be considering IPOs have much higher ratios: Pandora (7.7), Groupon (8.5), Zillow (16.1), LinkedIn (16.6), and Zynga (20.6).

The company raised $8.5 million through a private stock sale in January, and it is the only publicly traded company on the list of the top 100 pure-play Facebook app developers.

In its most recent financial update, for the second quarter of 2011, SNAP Interactive posted revenue of $4,826,723, up 288 percent from $1,243,082 in the second quarter of 2010, and a net loss of $632,868 versus $68,861 in the year-ago period.

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david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.