Tech startups Pinterest, Zoom soar in Wall Street debut

A guest hold up a phone during the Pinterest Inc IPO on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange April 18, 2019. — Reuters pic
A guest hold up a phone during the Pinterest Inc IPO on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange April 18, 2019. — Reuters pic

NEW YORK, April 19 — Pinterest got off to a flying start on yesterday in the market debut for the San Francisco-based visual discovery service, a positive sign for the wave of Silicon Valley firms planning stock listings.

Pinterest shares leapt 28 per cent to close at US$24.40 (RM100.88) after its initial public offering (IPO), which raised some US$1.4 billion.

The jump was a positive sign for other venture-backed Silicon Valley firms after a stumble for ride-hailing firm Lyft, which has lost some 20 per cent since its market debut last month.

Separately, the videoconferencing startup Zoom surged 72 per cent in its market debut after an IPO which raised more than US$350 million.



Zoom’s market value at the opening was estimated at some US$16.6 billion and Pinterest’s at US$12.5 billion.

The market action comes amid an expect wave of “unicorns,” or startups valued at over US$1 billion, hitting the public markets.

The biggest of the group, , is expected to make its debut next month with a valuation of close to US$100 billion.

Some analysts have expressed skepticism about the ability of Uber and Lyft to reach profitability soon, raising concerns about their valuation.

Pinterest, launched in 2010, is a virtual bulletin board platform, with users decorating their boards with pictures showcasing interests including food, fashion, travel and lifestyle.

It claims some 250 million users, although it does not call itself a social network. It also enables users to link to online shopping and other services to find items they have “pinned.”

Pinterest said it had a turnover of US$755.9 million in 2018, and a net loss of almost US$68 million. — AFP

Source: The Malay Mail Online







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