The company's shares opened at $15.41, about 2.7 percent above its initial public offering price of $15.
The Austin, Texas-based company had initially filed to sell 42 million shares and expected the offering to be priced between $17 and $19 apiece.
The company cut the IPO size after stockholders, who were initially selling 25 million shares, chose not to sell any shares. SolarWinds increased its offering size by 8 million shares and cut the target price range to between $15 and $16 per share.
It finally sold 25 million shares at $15 apiece on Thursday, at the low end of its target price range, raising $375 million in total proceeds, which it expects to use to pay down debt. (https://bit.ly/2P8GGSN)
SolarWinds, whose clients include Accenture, oil giant Chevron, defense contractor Lockheed Martin, provides management software and operates in an industry expected to grow annually at 6.6 percent to around $53.6 billion by 2021, according to International Data Corporation.
The company was taken private in a $4.5 billion deal in 2015 by investment firms Thoma Bravo LLC and Silver Lake Partners, which also holds stakes in Tesla, Alibaba Group, An
t Financial, Dell Technologies and Didi Chuxing. (https://reut.rs/2yqaKja
Silver Lake is the company's biggest shareholder with a 44.3 percent stake after the offering. Thoma Bravo - an investor in cyber firm McAfee - holds 36.1 percent.
SolarWinds reported revenue of $398.6 million for the first six months of 2018, up 17 percent from a year earlier. Net loss, however, widened to $86.9 million in the same period, from $45.7 million a year ago.
Its main competitors include International Business Machines Corp, KKR-owned BMC Software, and NetScout Systems, the company said in a filing.
Goldman Sachs & Co, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and Credit Suisse were the lead underwriters for the offering.
(Reporting by Bharath Manjesh and Aparajita Saxena in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)