(Reuters) - TrueCar Inc IPO-TRUE.O, which runs a car-pricing comparison website, may be valued at about $1 billion, if its initial public offering is priced at the top end of the expected range.
The company said on Monday its IPO was expected to be priced at $12-$14 per share, raising as much as $108.9 million from the 7.78 million shares on offer.
TrueCar.com, the company’s website, allows visitors to view the average selling price of a new car, its sticker price, the site’s estimates of a good price and the price that dealers in its network are offering.
The website operates through a network of 7,000 car dealers and generates revenue from advertising and dealer subscriptions.
TrueCar, which has received a $30 million investment from Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital, is headed by Scott Painter.
Painter served as an early adviser to Tesla Motors Inc
TrueCar’s other investors include venture capital firm Upfront Ventures, billionaire Jeff Skoll’s Capricorn Investment Group and insurer United Services Automobile Association.
TrueCar intends to list its common stock on the Nasdaq under the symbol “TRUE”.
The net loss attributable to common stockholders of TrueCar rose about 10 percent to $9.92 million for the three months ended March, from a year earlier. Revenue rose about 75 percent to $43.9 million.
The company’s competitors include online automotive sites such as AutoTrader.com, eBay Motors, Edmunds.com, KBB.com, Autobytel.com and Cars.com, as well as sites operated by General Motors (GM.N) and Ford (F.N).
Goldman Sachs & Co, J.P. Morgan and RBC Capital Markets are the lead underwriters for the IPO.
Reporting by Avik Das in Bangalore; Editing by Don Sebastian and Sriraj Kalluvila