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Playtika Prices $1.88 Billion IPO above Target Range

(Reuters) - Mobile gaming company Playtika Holding Corp said on Thursday it had sold shares in its U.S. initial public offering above its target range at $27 each, the latest in a string of highly priced IPOs.

Playtika had set a target price of between $22 and $24 apiece. The Israel-based company, which is owned by a Chinese investor group, sold around 18.5 million shares, compared to an original plan of 21.7 million shares, and a further 50.98 million shares by existing investors, up from 47.8 million originally. The total offering was worth around $1.88 billion at $27 per share.

The IPO, the biggest U.S. listing in 2021 so far, values Playtika at $11.1 billion. Playtika did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The source requested anonymity as the price was not yet public.

The IPO is the latest sign of robust investor demand for new stocks following a stellar 2020, which was the strongest IPO market in two decades, and a string of other listings this week which priced well relative to their targets.

In 2016, a group of Chinese investors including Giant Network Group Co Ltd and Yunfeng Capital, a private equity firm founded by Alibaba Group’s Jack Ma, acquired Playtika from Caesars Interactive for $4.4 billion.

Playtika’s IPO comes as U.S.-listed Chinese firms face tightened scrutiny and strict audit norms from U.S. regulators and a week after the New York Stock Exchange decided to delist three Chinese telecom companies.

Founded in 2010, Playtika has more than 35 million monthly active users and its games include Bingo Blitz and Slotomania.

Playtika shares are scheduled to begin trading on the Nasdaq on Friday under the ticker symbol “PLTK.”

Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, UBS and BofA Securities are the lead underwriters.

Reporting by Joshua Franklin in Miami; Editing by Tom Hogue and Christopher Cushing

Source: Reuters

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