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Robinhood, which plans to list on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “HOOD,” anticipates selling shares for between $38 and $42 apiece.
That translates to a market valuation of between $27 billion and $35 billion, assuming Robinhood’s underwriters exercise their full option to buy shares. That would make Robinhood more valuable than about two-thirds of the S&P 500, putting it somewhere near Yum Brands, Corning and HP.
Robinhood’s revenue spiked 245% to $959 million last year, allowing the trading app to make a small profit.
Founders in control
The IPO will leave Robinhood CEO and co-founder Vlad Tenev and co-founder Baiju Bhatt with heavy influence over the company.
Robinhood plans to sell 52.4 million shares in the IPO. Tenev and Bhatt are also selling another 2.6 million shares in the deal.
After the IPO closes, all Class B shares will be owned by Tenev and Bhatt. Tenev will control about 7.9% of Robinhood’s outstanding stock as well as 26.2% of the voting power of the outstanding stock, according to filings.
Bhatt, now the chief creative officer and a director, will hold a 7.9% economic interest and 39% of the voting power.
The IPO comes despite a flurry of legal and public relations troubles for Robinhood. The company’s business model is under scrutiny from regulators following the GameStop trading saga. Critics argue that Robinhood’s reliance on payment for order flow, where it receives revenue for routing trades to high-speed traders, is rife with conflicts of interest.
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