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Splunk Prices IPO at Up to $10 a Share, or $946 Mln Valuation

Splunk Inc., a maker of software that helps companies analyze data, plans to sell 13.5 million shares for $8 to $10 each in its initial public offering.

The share sale would value the San Francisco-based company at $945.5 million at the high end of the range, if underwriters exercise an overallotment option, according to a filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Splunk will trade under the symbol SPLK on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Splunk delivers software through the Internet that helps companies monitor and analyze data to improve service, cut operations costs and reduce security risks. The company said it had more than 3,700 customers as of Jan. 31, including Bank of America Corp., Zynga Inc. and Harvard University.

Revenue in the fiscal year that ended Jan. 31 rose 83 percent to $121 million. Splunk’s net loss widened to $11 million from $3.81 million a year earlier, according to the filing.

Chief Executive Officer Godfrey Sullivan has run Splunk since 2008. He previously led Hyperion Solutions Corp. and helped sell that company for $3.3 billion to Oracle Corp. in 2007. In July, the company named David Conte as chief financial officer, gaining an executive with experience at a public company.

Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse Group AG, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America are leading the IPO. Pacific Crest Securities, UBS AG and Cowen and Co. are also working on it.

Paul Wilke, a Splunk spokesman, declined to comment.

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