Snapchat owner targets $22bn IPO

App maker is the first US social-media company to go public since Twitter

Snapchat IPO could be the biggest tech IPO since Alibaba  raised a record $25 billion in 2014.  Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Snapchat IPO could be the biggest tech IPO since Alibaba raised a record $25 billion in 2014. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

 

Snap set the valuation on its initial public offering at between $19.5 billion and $22.2 billion in what could be the third-biggest technology offering of the past decade, according to industry sources.

Snapchat is valuing its shares at $14- $16 on a diluted basis, the sources said, asking not to be identified as the details are private. It could be the biggest technology IPO since Alibaba Group Holding raised a record $25 billion in 2014.

Snap is the first US social-media company to go public since Twitter debuted more than three years ago.

Next up for Snap is the roadshow, where management will travel to cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York to pitch the stock to prospective investors.

Snap’s revenue climbed six-fold last year to $404.5 million, compared with $58.7 million in 2015. Net losses widened to $514.6 million from $372.9 million 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 per cent in those three months for the first time since at least 2014, according to the deal prospectus. A representative of Snapchat declined to comment.

Details of the valuation was reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal.

Bloomberg