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Friday, May 2, 2014

Trustwave cancels IPO

Security-software company Trustwave Holdings Inc. has withdrawn an IPO prospectus filed three years ago.
The company was ready to price the offering and sell shares to brokerages in August 2011 but postponed the deal because of a steep drop in the stock market amid the first crisis over the debt ceiling for the U.S. government.

“As an administrative matter, Trustwave has filed to withdraw its Form S-1 Registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission which was filed in 2011," the Chicago company said. “Trustwave continues to watch market conditions and is keeping its strategic options open.”

Even though its prospectus was in limbo, Trustwave wasn't. The company has made four acquisitions since then, getting further into the security-services business. More recently, it was pulled into the spotlight in connection with the security breach at Target Corp. Trustwave's primary business is certifying that merchants are compliant with data-security rules around credit card transactions.

Since Trustwave put its IPO on ice, Chicago has enjoyed a mini-boom in tech public offerings. In the past year, Textura Corp., Gogo Inc., CDW Corp., Paylocity Holding Corp. and GrubHub Inc. all have gone public.

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