Cloud-based payroll processor TriNet IPO priced at $16 per share-Reuters

(Reuters) – Cloud-based payroll processor TriNet Group Inc said it priced its initial public offering at $16 per share, valuing the company at about $1.09 billion.

Backed by private equity firm General Atlantic LLC, TriNet’s expected offering of 15 million shares would raise about $240 million at that price, which is at the mid-point of its planned $15-$17 price range.

The stake held by General Atlantic, the company’s top shareholder, will drop to 56 percent after the offering from 71.4 percent.

TriNet’s shares will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday under the symbol “TNET.”

Small and medium-sized businesses outsource payroll, employee-benefit and other human resources functions to San Leandro, California-based TriNet, which offers a cloud-based technology platform. The company served more than 8,900 clients in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada as of December 31, it said in a filing.

The company, which counts Automatic Data Processing Inc (ADP.O: Quote, Profile, Research,Stock Buzz), Insperity Inc (NSP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Paychex Inc (PAYX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) among its main competitors, said net proceeds from the offering would be used to repay outstanding debt.

TriNet has been highly acquisitive, buying premium HR services company Ambrose Employer Group LLC, technology firm App7 Inc and insurance and risk-management service provider Gevity HR Inc.

Shares of online payroll processor Paylocity Holding Corp (PCTY.O: Quote, Profile, Research,Stock Buzz) soared in their debut last week as investors kept their faith on cloud-based enterprise software companies.

TriNet’s net income fell to $13.15 million in 2013, from $31.83 million a year earlier. Revenue rose, however, by 61 percent to $1.64 billion last year.

JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank Securities are among the lead underwriters for the offering.

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