Snap seeks to raise as much as $3.2bn in US IPO

Snapchat teases its new wearable tech in a YouTube video. (Source: Snap Inc)
Snapchat teases its new wearable tech in a YouTube video. (Source: Snap Inc)

New York - Snap is seeking to raise as much as $3.2bn in its initial public offering in what could be the third-biggest technology listing of the past decade.

The maker of disappearing-photo application Snapchat is offering 200 million Class A shares for $14 to $16 apiece, according to a filing on Thursday.

At the high end of the range, that would give it a market value of about $18.5bn, based on the total shares to be outstanding after the offering.

Of the technology and communications IPOs since 2007, Snap’s offering is poised to trail only Alibaba Group Holding’s $25bn share sale and Facebook’s $16bn raise.

It’s also set to be the first US listing from that industry this year, according to Bloomberg data.

Next up for chief executive officer Evan Spiegel and fellow executives will be the roadshow, where management travel to cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York to pitch the stock to prospective investors.

Snap’s revenue climbed about six fold last year to $404.5m, compared with $58.7m in 2015. Net losses widened to $514.6m from $372.9m in that period.

While management is sure to tout its revenue increases, Snap may face questions about its user growth, which slowed in the second half of 2016. By the fourth quarter, average daily active user growth fell below 50% in those three months for the first time since at least 2014, according to the deal prospectus.

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