Sonos IPO Opens At $16, Up Nearly 7%

Morning Report: After pricing under its proposed range, Sonos’s IPO opened $1 higher per share at $16.

Yesterday evening, Sonos, the maker of popular home stereo equipment, priced its initial public offering (IPO) at $15 per share, far below its proposed range of $17 to $19 per share. Today it opened at $16.

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The $15 per share price valued the firm at around $1.48 billion, not including a greenshoe option of more than two million shares sourced coming from both the company and existing shareholders. Continuing that theme, Sonos is, in fact, a minority seller in its own IPO, with extant shareholders providing the majority of shares.

The firm’s IPO could have valued Sonos at $1.9 billion had it priced at the top of its initially proposed range.

While Sonos’s IPO pricing was likely a disappointment for the firm, executing an IPO isn’t an easy task, even in welcoming markets. Thus far in 2018, the tech and biotech IPO markets have picked up speed, likely due in part to rising valuations among public tech companies.

Normally at this point, I’d make noises about what this particular debut means for other, impending tech IPOs, and also calculate some revenue multiples and the like. But Sonos isn’t a software company, making the exercise moot. Instead, we will keep an eye on Sonos’s results as the day plods along, and update this post when we have a final score.

Up next in IPO world: Arlo Technology, which should price after the bell today.

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