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Airbnb confidentially files for IPO

(Reuters) — Short-term residence rental firm Airbnb mentioned on Wednesday it filed confidentially for an preliminary public providing with U.S. regulators, setting the stage for one in all 2020’s marquee U.S. inventory market debuts.

The transfer underscores a rebound in elements of the journey business, which was battered this 12 months by restrictions and shutdowns because of the COVID-19 pandemic. San Francisco-based Airbnb mentioned in July that prospects had booked greater than 1 million nights in a single day for the primary time since March 3, partly as U.S. vacationers shrink back from motels and like to drive to native trip leases. Shares of U.S. on-line journey company Booking have rebounded round 14% previously three months however are nonetheless down for the 12 months.

Companies can confidentially submit an IPO registration with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. If Airbnb strikes ahead with the IPO, the submitting can be made public nearer to the time of the itemizing. The variety of shares Airbnb will promote and the valuation it is going to search haven’t but been decided, Airbnb mentioned in an announcement.

Airbnb didn’t give a timeline for when it might full its IPO. The firm is concentrating on a list earlier than the top of the 12 months, in line with an individual accustomed to the matter, cautioning that is depending on market situations.

The collapse of Airbnb’s core home-rental enterprise because of the COVID-19 pandemic had prompted Airbnb to droop advertising and marketing actions for the 12 months and minimize about 25% of its workforce. The firm in April additionally raised $2 billion in debt from traders, which valued it at $18 billion, nicely under the $26 billion Airbnb cited as an inner valuation in early March. “The company may be thinking that the lost value they’ve realized in 2020 could be recouped as a public company and that will be reflected in the upside in their stock price,” mentioned Andrea Walne, common companion at Manhattan Venture Partners, an Airbnb investor.

Airbnb’s resolution to go public got here as U.S. capital markets stage a surprising restoration, with the likes of on-line used automotive vendor Vroom and enterprise intelligence platform ZoomInfo seeing their shares surge after going public. “We believe that investors are willing to look beyond COVID issues and value companies based upon post-COVID scenarios. It’s a constructive IPO market,” mentioned Kathleen Smith, principal at Renaissance Capital, a supplier of institutional analysis and IPO ETFs.

Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group Inc are lead advisers on the IPO.

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