July 8, 2011 – NEW YORK (Reuters) - LivingSocial has picked Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank to lead-underwrite an IPO that could value the daily deals site at $10 billion to $15 billion, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.
The three banks declined to comment.
LivingSocial, runner-up to Groupon in the fast-expanding market, is the latest Internet startup seeking to woo investors keen to pile into social media companies from LinkedIn and Twitter to Zynga and Facebook.
In April, LivingSocial raised $400 million in a round of funding that included LightSpeed Venture Partners and Amazon, giving it a value of about $3 billion.
Larger rival Groupon has filed for its own public debut, at a potential valuation of $15 billion to $20 billion.
LivingSocial offers discounts on restaurant dining, lodging and other items, alerting its 39 million members via email about the deals. It gets its revenue -- expected to hit $1 billion this year -- from local merchants that agree to the discounts.
CNBC first reported the selection of lead underwriters on Friday.
(Reporting by Clare Baldwin; Editing by Gary Hill)