Prescription Drug Price Comparison Startup GoodRx Files for IPO

GoodRx, an online pharmacy platform that helps consumers compare medication prices and discounts, filed with SEC for initial public offerings (IPO).

GoodRx has not yet priced its shares but plans to list on the Nasdaq under the symbol GDRX. The company intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes to support its business growth. It may also use a portion of the proceeds to acquire, or invest in, technologies, solutions, or businesses that complement its business.

According to the filing, the company’s revenue grew 48% in the first half of 2020 to $257 million, up from $173 million in the first half of 2019. The company has been consistently profitable since 2016. It reported a net income of $55 million in the first half of 2020, compared to $31 million in the first half of 2019.

GoodRx said the number of monthly active consumers has increased from 1.3 million for the first quarter of 2017 to 4.4 million for the second quarter of 2020, a 30% increase YoY.

The company also expanded into the telehealth market through the acquisition of HeyDoctor in 2019. It recently launched GoodRx Telehealth Marketplace, a telehealth platform intended to provide complete health checkups online. It competes with companies that provide savings on prescriptions and companies that offer telehealth services (such as Teladoc, Amwell, MDLIVE, and Doctor on Demand, that offer telehealth services on behalf of employers and insurance plans), and advertising and market access for pharmaceutical manufacturers.

According to GoodRx, its software platform aggregates and analyzes pricing data from various sources, including pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacy benefit managers, and pharmacies.

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