Pinterest sets IPO to raise up to US$1.5b

Pinterest Inc files for an initial public offering with US regulators. A Pinterest banner hangs on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange during the morning rush in the financial district in New York City, US, February 9, 2018. — Reuters pic
Pinterest Inc files for an initial public offering with US regulators. A Pinterest banner hangs on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange during the morning rush in the financial district in New York City, US, February 9, 2018. — Reuters pic

WASHINGTON, April 8 — Pinterest said today it would raise up to US$1.5 billion (RM6.15 billion) in its stock offering, setting a price range that trims the value of the online visual discovery startup.

San Francisco-based Pinterest’s price range of US$15 to US$17 a share would give it an estimated valuation of some US$11 billion, below the US$12 billion in its most recent private funding round.

The pricing suggests caution about the big venture backed “unicorns,” or startups worth more than US$1 billion, after a mixed response to the debut of ride-hailing firm Lyft.

Pinterest, a virtual bulletin board that connects people with interests including food, fashion, travel and lifestyle, plans to trade under the symbol PINS on the New York Stock Exchange.



Pinterest has some 250 million worldwide users but its path to profitability remains uncertain.

Pinterest lost US$63 million in 2018 on revenue of US$755.9 million. That compared with a loss of US$130 million on US$473 million in 2017 revenue, according to the filing with Securities and Exchange Commission.

Launched in 2010, Pinterest brings in money from its role in online shopping and from advertising.

Pinterest attracts users who create virtual bulletin boards with pictures showcasing interests in anything from food to sports, fashion or travel.

The research firm eMarketer expects Pinterest’s global ad revenues to hit US$1 billion this year, making up just 0.3 per cent of the total digital ad spend.

In addition to making money from ads, Pinterest seeks to become a force in e-commerce by enabling users to click on images to purchase items they see.

Like several other startups, Pinterest will use a dual-class share structure that enables the founders, including chief executive Ben Silbermann, to retain control. — AFP

Source: The Malay Mail Online







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