/Spotify intends public share listing

Spotify intends public share listing

Daniel Ek, CEO of Swedish music streaming service Spotify, gestures as he makes a speech at a press conference in Tokyo on September 29, 2016.Image copyright
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Daniel Ek co-founded Swedish streaming company Spotify in 2006

Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service, has filed paperwork to start trading its shares publicly on the New York Stock Exchange.

The firm said it expects shares to sell at prices that could value the firm at more than $23bn (£16.7bn).

It plans to list shares directly on the NYSE, bypassing the traditional stock offering process.

In a typical public offering, companies issue new shares, with the initial price underwritten by investment banks.

With a direct listing, current Spotify shareholders will take their shares directly to the market.

Spotify said its shares sold for between $37.50 and $125 each in private transactions last year and more than $132 this year. The valuation is based on how many shares it has outstanding.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission filing contains financial details previously shielded from view.

The Swedish company’s 2017 revenue came in at €4.09bn euros ($4.99bn) compared with €2.95bn a year earlier, Spotify said in its filing. But it still experienced more than €1.2bn in losses.

Spotify, which launched in 2008, is the biggest global music streaming company and counts tech giants Apple and Amazon as its main rivals.

It has more about 159 million monthly active users and 71 million paid subscribers. Europe is its top market.

In its filing, the firm says it aims to “unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by these creators.”

The filing says the firm expects to sell $1bn worth in shares, but the figure is a placeholder used to calculate the registration fee. The document does not provide information about when the listing would occur.