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Cyan shares bounce back in trading debut

  • Cyan Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Floyd, joined by Cyan's Founder and President, Michael Hatfield and other members of the company's team, rings the NYSE opening bell to celebrate the company's IPO and first day of trading on the NYSE on Thursday, May 9, 2013. (New York Stock Exchange)

With the ring of a bell, Petaluma networking equipment maker Cyan completed its journey to Wall Street on Thursday, selling $88 million in stock in its initial public offering.

“It's a big day for the whole company, it really is,” said CEO Mark Floyd, who rang the opening bell Thursday at the New York Stock Exchange with Cyan President Mike Hatfield and other executives from the 7-year-old Petaluma company.

“We're extremely positive. The idea of how Cyan has morphed — being in Petaluma, becoming a global networking company out of Petaluma, and really driving the global market changes — it's pretty cool to have your local company do well,” Floyd said.

The company sold 8 million shares of stock priced at $11 a share. Its stock opened at $10.05 a share Thursday but bounced back to $11 within the first hour of trading and closed at $11.14. Its shares trade under the symbol CYNI.

The company, which has 44.5 million shares outstanding, was valued at $496 million at the end of the day.

About 150 employees in Petaluma gathered at 6 a.m. Thursday to share breakfast and an “orange juice toast” while watching a webcast of the proceedings at the New York Stock Exchange, said Joe Cumello, chief marketing officer for Cyan. Then the executives in New York used the office robot to chat with employees in Petaluma, answer questions and share their pride in reaching this milestone.

“We honestly thanked them for their hard work,” Floyd said. “It really is the work of all the people doing the heavy lifting.”

The fast-growing company, which hired 40 people in the first three months of the year, has nearly doubled its sales over the past two years, from $23.5 million in 2010 to $40.4 million last year, according to a registration statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. But the company has lost nearly $49 million over the past three years, according to the SEC filing.

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