Twitter ups IPO prices
Twitter ups IPO prices, Twitter's initial public offering of stock is getting an enthusiastic response from prospective investors.
Twitter's initial public offering of stock is getting an enthusiastic response from prospective investors.
In a reflection of the demand for Twitter's stock, the 7-year-old short messaging service on today boosted the price range for the IPO to USD 23 and USD 25 per share. The San Francisco company had set a range of USD 17 to USD 20 per share before Twitter executives began pitching investors interested in the IPO in a series of meetings that began last week.
At its new range, the IPO could raise more than USD 2 billion. The increase doesn't come as a big surprise. Many observers considered the previous pricing to be relatively conservative, given that Twitter's market value was appraised at USD 20.62 per share in an assessment done by Duff & Phelps Corp. in early August.
Twitter's earlier decision to begin the IPO pricing below its recently appraised value was seen as a way to contain expectations while leaving room to raise the target and build more buzz about its stock market debut planned for later this week. Some analysts had estimated Twitter's market value might be as high as USD 20 billion. The investment bankers handling Twitter's IPO could raise the price yet again before the IPO is priced Wednesday evening.
The shares are scheduled to begin trading on Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "TWTR." Twitter said in today's regulatory filing that it still plans to sell 70 million shares. If all of those shares are sold, the offering's underwriters can buy another 10.5 million shares.
At USD 25 per share, Twitter's market value would be around USD 15.6 billion. Twitter's value is based on 625.2 million outstanding shares expected after the offering, including restricted stock units and stock options.
Twitter is trying to avoid the trouble that plagued another high-profile IPO completed nearly 18 months ago by Facebook Inc., one of its biggest rivals. Facebook's IPO was marred by technical glitches on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange in May of 2012.
As a result, the Securities and Exchange Commission fined Nasdaq USD 10 million, the largest ever levied against an exchange. Those problems likely led Twitter to the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter also said in its filing that it received a letter from IBM accusing it of infringing on three of its patents.
The letter asks Twitter to take part in settlement negotiations, but Twitter said in its filing that it believes it has a "meritorious defense" to the allegations.