Snapchat is the only relevant social media platform for my son, who is 20, and his friends. They love the damned thing — and view Twitter as something foreign and retarded. The only issue with $SNAP is the valuation by which is intends to come public.
I find it humorous that the company just flippantly had their valuation reduced by their underwriters from $25b to $20. Hello, that’s a 20% haircut. I guess it’s not a big deal when the company is coming public at 20x sales — representing the highest valuation of any social media stock. I blame the venture capitalists and of course the bastard underwriters. No one will make money on this stock for at least 6 months. But I must ask, will you buy at the opening tick in the hopes of seeing the company grow out of their absurd valuation and/or catch lightening in the bottle by way of momentum squeeze higher.
Will you buy $SNAP on the opening tick?
— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) February 16, 2017
— Cheddar (@cheddar) February 15, 2017
Co-founder and chief executive Evan Spiegel, and chief technology officer Robert Murphy, will hold 88.5 percent of the voting structure after the IPO. This is because they hold Class-C stock, which has voting rights. The Class-A shares going on the market have no voting rights.
“Mr Spiegel and Mr Murphy, and potentially either one of them alone, have the ability to control the outcome of all matters submitted to our stockholders for approval, including the election, removal, and replacement of directors and any merger, consolidation, or sale of all or substantially all of our assets,” the filing said.
Snap’s IPO is being closely watched as it could set the tone for other technology offerings in 2017. Last year saw a dearth of U.S. listings, but experts are predicting that the market could thaw this year.
Snap makes its money through advertising and will need to convince potential investors that its app is not just a fad. In 2016, the company generated revenue of $404.5 million, a sixfold increase on the $58.7 million made in 2015, according to a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. However, net losses widened to $514.6 million last year, from $372.9 million the year before.
At the end of 2016, Snap had 158 million daily active users, up 48 percent from the same time the year before. But in the fourth quarter of 2016, year-on-year growth of users fell, which Snap put down to increased competition as well as product performance issues stemming from updates to its app.
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