By: Gigaom
November 03, 2011 at 22:58 PM EDT
Groupon’s $12.6B valuation compared to greentech (it’s sad)
Looks like Groupon will go public Friday morning at $20 per share, giving it a valuation of $12.6 billion, for its online coupon business. Let's compare it to some of the greentech startups, and big energy firms, and try not to get disturbed.

Looks like Groupon will go public Friday morning at $20 per share, giving it a valuation of $12.6 billion, for its online coupon business. That seems crazy high for a company with a massive amount of competitors and potentially questionable recurring value for small businesses (though what do I know, I write about energy). Anyhoos, I thought we could take that company’s valuation and compare it to some of the greentech startups, and some of the big energy and oil incumbents.

Greentech startups:

  • Fuel cell maker Bloom Energy is reportedly valued at almost $3 billion — a fourth of what Groupon is worth. (Fun tip, NEA is a major investor in both). Bloom Energy is trying to sell distributed cleaner power to companies and utilities
  • Electric car maker Fisker is reportedly valued at $2.2 billion and Tesla Motors has a current market cap of $3.38 billion. So almost a sixth of the valuation, and close to a fourth of the valuation, respectively, of Groupon.
  • Public biofuel company Kior has a market cap of $1.63 billion, almost an eighth of the valuation of Groupon. Kior is making a biocrude from plant waste and energy crops using a technique from the oil industry.
  • Algae oil company Solazyme has a market cap of about $550 million. I’m not even going to do this math comparing it to Groupon because it makes me sad.

Things that have bigger marketcaps than Groupon: oil companies, conglomerates, big auto, big Internet

  • Oil behemoth Exxon Mobile has a market cap of $377.98 billion, 30 times the size of Groupon’s marketcap.
  • Google has a marketcap of $193.52 billion, 15 times the size of Groupon.
  • GE has a marketcap of $176.37 billion, about 14 times Groupons.
  • General Motors has a marketcap of $37.53 billion, just three times the size of Groupon.
  • Building automation giant Honeywell has a marketcap of $41.72 billion, or three times the size of Groupon.
  • Chemical giant Dow Chemical has a marketcap of $32.98 billion, about two and half times larger than Groupon.

Big energy, utility:

  • Power company Duke Energy has a marketcap of $27.71 billion, about double the size of Groupon.
  • NRG Energy, which has invested a lot in clean power, has a marketcap $5.23 billion. Groupon’s marketcap is over double that (getting disturbing).
  • Itron is one of the largest smart meter makers in the U.S. It has a market cap of $1.56 billion, or an eighth of Groupons (ouch).

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