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Covisint Corp started trading under the symbol COVS on Sep 26, 2013. The initial public offering of 6.4 million shares priced at $10.00 per share raised $64.0 million, which Covisint is expected to use for working capital and general corporate purpose. Shares surged 23.0% ($2.31) to close at $12.31.

Detroit-based Covisint provides cloud-based software that helps an organization to connect, engage and collaborate with external audience. Currently, Covisint’s solution is being used by more than 3,000 customers globally across different industries, with General Motors (GM - Analyst Report) being its largest core platform customer. General Motors has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

According to the S1 filed in May this year, Covisint reported revenues of $90.7 million, up 37.8% year over year in the year ended Mar 31, 2012. In the nine months period ending Dec 2012, Covisint reported revenues of $65.0 million. However, for both the periods, the company reported loss of $3.3 million and $2.4 million, respectively.

Credit Suisse Securities LLC acted as lead book-running manager, while Pacific Crest Securities LLC acted as joint book-running manager for the offering. Evercore acted as a co-manager.

Covisint’s erstwhile holding company Compuware Corp (CPWR - Analyst Report) continues to remain the controlling shareholder with approximately 82.0% stake. Compuware offered approximately 18% of its stake in the IPO, as a part of its restructuring efforts. Compuware, which has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), will distribute its remaining shares directly to shareholders after the completion of the IPO (within one year).

Covisint products are offered as Platform- as-a-Service (PaaS), which is projected to attain a 41.0% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2016, generating 24.0% of total cloud revenues. According to 451 Research, 71% of PaaS revenues will be generated by vendors with over $75.0 million in sales.

As per data available from market research firm Gartner, PaaS is expected to achieve 27.7% CAGR through 2016. We believe that Covisint, based on its innovative product portfolio, is well positioned to benefit from this massive growth of PaaS over the long term. Covisint’s IPO will provide it greater flexibility to pursue strategic growth opportunities going forward.

However, the company faces significant competition from well established players such as International Business Machines (IBM - Analyst Report) and Salesforce.com (CRM - Analyst Report). Both IBM and Salesforce have a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Moreover, Covisint’s overdependence on automotive and healthcare industries is a major concern going forward.

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