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Crypto Trading App Robinhood Targets $35 Billion Valuation in Its US IPO


u.today 19 July 2021 17:50, UTC
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As reported by Reuters, the Robinhood crypto trading platform targets a valuation of $35 billion in its IPO that is to take place in the US.

This public offering has already become one of the most highly expected ones this year. The company plans to go public after the confrontation between hedge funds from the Wall Street and the new gen of retail investors (including crypto investors) over Gamestop shares that took place just several months ago.

Previously, Robinhood app was targeting a higher evaluation – up to $40 billion.

Robinhood seeks up to $35 bln valuation in mega U.S. IPO https://t.co/EzCNCCsgD2 pic.twitter.com/FaUSXoADFE

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Robinhood plans to raise $2.3 billion

The company will offer around 55 million shares during their public offering, hoping to raise more than $2.3 billion from that event. According to the filing, around 2.63 million of those stocks are going to be offered by the app’s founders and the CFO – the funds obtained from that will not go to Robinhood’s accounts.

As for the shares, the price will be set in between $38 and $42, as per a company rep cited by Reuters.

Up to 150 million of Class A common stock is going to be bought by Saleforce Ventures (an investment subsidiary of the Saleforce.com Inc software company) at the price set during the public offering.

The company announced its plans to conduct at IPO and filed the necessary documentation for it on July 1, as covered by U.Today.

Robinhood faced criticism for restricting GME trading

In late January, during the peak of mania related to meme-stocks trading (Gamestop), and the trading of other popular stocks, Robihood, and a few other trading apps (TD Ameritrade, etc, restricted the trading of GME, AMC and NOC when these shares reached their peak prices.

The Robinhood founders then explained that this was done to protect investors from possible damages (they were unable to buy any of these popular shares but could still sell them).

Crypto enthusiasts, including the prominent Bitcoiner Max Keiser, David Portnoy and Barry Silbert, fairly pointed out that unlike any stocks, nobody can restrict the trading of Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. It does not cease even at the weekends.

Recently also Robinhood app added support for Dogecoin and Elon Musk called this platform the biggest DOGE whale.

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