Genuity's IPO goes bust

Genuity Inc. (Nasdaq: GENU) lost 1 19/32, or 15 percent, to 9 13/32 Wednesday in its initial public offering.

It priced 173.9 million shares at $11 each, well below its original range.

The subsidiary of GTE Corp. (NYSE: GTE) had planned to price its large offering at between $12 and $15 each.

Like most companies going public, Genuity's losses outweigh income. For the year ended Dec. 31, the company had net loss of $647 million on revenue of $446 million, compared to a loss of $468.6 million on revenue of $706.5 million in 1998. As of March 31, the company's accumulated deficit was about $1.5 billion.

Genuity's filings with the SEC state a critical dependence on America Online Inc. (NYSE: AOL), the company's largest customer, which accounted for about 52 percent of revenue in 1999.

The company's competitors include UUNET, a subsidiary of WorldCom (Nasdaq: WCOM), Level 3 Communications (Nasdaq: LVLT), Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q), PSINet (Nasdaq: PSIX), Verio Communications (Nasdaq: VRIO) and Williams Communications Group (NYSE: WCG).

The deal's lead underwriter is Morgan Stanley Dean Witter; Salomon Smith Barney is a co-manager.

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