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News retrospective: Snapchat prepares for whopping US$ 24 billion stock market flotation

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel poses for a photo on Oct. 24, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Snapchat執行長伊萬·斯皮格,二○一三年十月二十四日攝於美國洛杉磯。

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照片:美聯社

Snap Inc, the founder of messaging app Snapchat, today announced the list price for its initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange, which is set to give the social media company a market value approaching US$24 billion.

Due to strong demand from investors, Snap Inc. announced that the company’s shares will initially trade at US$17 apiece, higher than the anticipated US$14-16 share price.

This will allow the message-vanishing app to raise US$3.4 billion in capital, which will help the Californian start-up company to expand and move beyond its core business of young smartphone users.

The Snap IPO is the largest by a tech company since China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s 2014 IPO, and the biggest by a US tech company since Facebook’s 2012 flotation.

This article was first published on March 2.

(CNA, translated by Edward Jones)

開創Snapchat通訊軟體的Snap公司(Snap Inc.)今天宣布於紐約證券交易所首次公開募股定價,讓這家社群網路公司市場價值達兩百四十億美元左右。

由於投資人需求熱切, Snap聲明指出,首次公開募股每股定價為十七美元,高出外界預期的介於十四至十六美元。

這將讓以訊息消失功能著稱的Snap募集三十四億美元資本,幫助這家位於加州的新創公司擴展,超越以年輕智慧型手機用戶為核心事業的規模。

Snap的首次公開募股是中國大陸電商集團阿里巴巴於二○一四年以來科技業最大募股規模,同時也是自二○一二年臉書以來的美國科技公司最大宗首次公開股票上市。

(中央社/本文已於三月二日刊登)

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