By Anirban Sen, Joshua Franklin and Chibuike Oguh
(Reuters) – Airbnb Inc is aiming for a valuation of practically $35 billion in what would be the final blockbuster U.S. IPO of the 12 months, marking a surprising restoration in its fortunes after the house rental agency was ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this 12 months.
Founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk will collectively promote practically $100 million value of shares within the firm’s Wall Avenue launch, 13 years after they based an internet site in a loft that went on to revolutionize the resort and vacation house business.
Airbnb struggled within the instant aftermath of the pandemic as journey got here to a grinding halt. It needed to lay off 1 / 4 of its workforce and search $2 billion in emergency funding from traders, together with Silver Lake and Sixth Avenue Companions.
However as lockdowns eased, extra vacationers opted to e-book properties as an alternative of resorts, serving to Airbnb submit a shock revenue for the third quarter. The San Francisco-based agency additionally gained from elevated curiosity in renting properties away from main cities.
In a regulatory submitting on Tuesday, Airbnb stated it was trying to promote as much as $2.6 billion in inventory in its preliminary public providing.
Airbnb set a goal worth vary to promote 51.9 million shares for between $44 and $50 every. Together with the choice shares, Airbnb is aiming to lift about $2.85 billion on the higher finish of the vary.
On the high of the goal vary, the IPO will give Airbnb a completely diluted valuation, which incorporates securities akin to choices and restricted inventory models, of $34.8 billion, practically double the $18 billion Airbnb was value in an April non-public fundraising spherical.
Airbnb’s market capitalization at $50 per share will whole roughly $30 billion.
The corporate made its IPO registration public earlier this month. Reuters was the primary to report in October that Airbnb was aiming to lift round $3 billion in its IPO that would worth it at greater than $30 billion.
Airbnb’s inventory market debut will likely be one of many largest and most anticipated U.S. IPOs of 2020, which has already been a bumper 12 months for flotations. Report label Warner Music Group, information analytics agency Palantir Applied sciences and information warehouse firm Snowflake Inc have all gone public up to now few months.
Airbnb was launched by Chesky and Gebbia in 2007 as an internet site to take bookings for rooms throughout conferences, together with the Democratic Nationwide Conference that 12 months in Denver.
It has since expanded its listings to incorporate flats, homes and trip leases, permitting tens of millions of odd householders to generate profits by renting their flats and homes whereas on their very own holidays.
Airbnb achieved “unicorn” standing in 2011, with listed properties in 13,000 cities throughout greater than 180 international locations on the time, after being valued at greater than $1 billion in a funding spherical led by Andreessen Horowitz.
A few of Airbnb’s different traders embody Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher, buyout corporations Basic Atlantic, TPG, Hillhouse Capital and funding administration corporations Vanguard Group and Constancy Investments.
Airbnb plans to checklist on Dec. 10 on Nasdaq beneath the image ABNB.
Morgan Stanley (NYSE:) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:) are the lead underwriters for the IPO.