Japanese business card-based CRM startup Sansan files for IPO


Tokyo-based Sansan, the company that operates the business card-based CRM (customer relationship management) solutions, announced today that IPO application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) has been approved. The company will be listed on the TSE Mothers Market on June 19. Nomura Securities will lead the underwriting.

Since its launch back in 2007, the company has been developing and offering two key products: Sansan and Eight.

Sansan CEO Chika Terada

The Sansan platform is designed for enterprises or medium-businesses, provides a combined solution for business card scanning, data entry, and contact management, so that you can easily share the profiles of your clients with your colleagues. It serves 5,700 clients as of Q3 2019 in May.

Meanwhile, the Eight platform is more optimized for individual use where our contacts will be automatically imported and connected by linking your Eight account with your social media presences like Facebook. It boasts 2.35 million users as of Q3 2019 in May.

According to the consolidated statement as of May of 2018, they posted a revenue of 7.32 billion yen (about $66.8 million) with an ordinary loss of 3.08 billion yen ($28.1 million) and a net loss of 3.09 billion yen ($28.2 million).

Led by Sansan CEO and co-founder Chika Terada, its major share holders include DCM Ventures (6.90%), INCJ (5.91%), SMBC (5.81%), Sansan’s employee stock ownership (4.99%), GS Growth Investment (4.42%), A-Fund (4.35%), Sansan Director and co-founder Kei Tomioka (3.57%), Nissay Capital (3.06%), and EEI Cleantech Limited Partnership by Environmental Energy Investment (2.34%).

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