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    UiPath Rises in Trading Debut After $1.3 Billion Software IPO

    (Bloomberg) -- Automation software maker UiPath Inc. climbed in its trading debut after its $1.3 billion initial public offering, surpassing its valuation in a private funding round this year.The shares closed up 23% to $69 Wednesday in New York, giving UiPath a market valuation of about $36 billion and a fully diluted value, including employee stock options and restricted stock units, of more than $38 billion. The company and investors sold almost 24 million shares on Tuesday for $56 each.While the IPO priced above a marketed range, it still left the company with a lower valuation than in a February financing round. With Wednesday’s trading gains, UiPath exceeded its $35 billion valuation at the time of that $750 million investment.That round was led by Alkeon Capital and Coatue, according to a statement at the time. A dip in some software stocks since then -- including Snowflake Inc., which is down 18% from Feb. 1 -- played a part in the IPO pricing decision, said a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the information was private.In the IPO, UiPath sold about 9.4 million shares while shareholders including its chairman and backers Accel and Alphabet Inc.’s investment fund offered 14.5 million, according to its filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.Started in an apartment in Romania with 10 people in 2005, UiPath now has a presence in close to 30 countries, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Daniel Dines wrote in a letter to investors. “Starting a company from a small place with no market has a hidden advantage: It forces you to think globally from day one,” he wrote.CEO’s ControlDines, who is also chairman, owns all of UiPath’s Class B shares, which represent 88.2% of the voting power in the company, the filings shows.While UiPath moved its headquarters to the U.S. because many of its customers were here, Dines said he believes that startups in some industries could thrive abroad.“It largely depends on what market you are targeting,” he said in an interview. “It’s very rare that one country has the talent to build a global company.”UiPath, now based in New York, reported a net loss of $92 million on $608 million revenue in the 2021 fiscal year ending Jan. 31. Its net loss narrowed from $520 million a year ago thanks to foreign exchange gains. It had $336 million in revenue a year earlier.The offering was led by Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co.. UiPath‘s shares are trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PATH.Laela Sturdy, a general partner at Alphabet’s Capital G who is also a UiPath board member, said she sees other investment opportunities abroad. “The whole European ecosystem is very exciting,” she said.(Updates with closing share price in second paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.