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Monday, September 18, 2006

IPO Filing: Guidance Software

Guidance Software is the latest software name to file for an IPO. The company has filed to raise some $80 million in its initial public offering and it has been assigned the ticker “GUID.”

Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Wachovia, and A.G.Edwards are listed as the underwriters in the filing.

According to the company: We develop and provide the leading software solutions for digital investigations. EnCase® Enterprise, our flagship product, enables corporations and government agencies to search, collect, preserve and analyze, from a single location, data across the servers, desktops and laptops that comprise their entire network. Our EnCase® Forensic software, which we believe is the industry standard tool in the field of digital forensic software, is used primarily by law enforcement and government agencies for searching, collecting, preserving, analyzing and authenticating electronic computer forensic data for use in criminal and civil court proceedings. We also offer a comprehensive array of forensic investigation and training services to help our customers manage their internal digital investigations, including eDiscovery requests, and learn how to effectively and efficiently use our software. Our EnCase® Enterprise customer base currently includes more than 90 of the Fortune 500, and we have deployed approximately 24,000 units of our EnCase® Forensic software to more than 1,000 government and law enforcement agencies and other customers worldwide.

The company posted 2005 revenues of 39.5 million and had a net income of $1.616 million. For the first half of 2006, the company posted revenues of $24.57 million with a net loss of $1.634 million.

Jon C. Ogg
September 18, 2006
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