By Hannah Kuchler in San Francisco and Arash Massoudi in New York
Any worries that Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce company, would not be able to list its shares in the US appear to have been put to rest. The company, which is preparing for an initial public offering in the coming months, has received assurances from the New York Stock and Nasdaq that the partnership structure for its expected share offering will be permitted under the rules of both exchanges. According to media reports confirmed by a person familiar with the matter, Alibaba will now be able to go public with the structure that the Hong Kong Exchange refused to accept. NYSE, Nasdaq and Alibaba declined to comment.
Twitter released an updated version of its initial public offering filing on Tuesday afternoon in the US, announcing it will list on the NYSE and giving details about its last three months as a private company.
Here are five things you need to know from the messaging platform’s release:
1. Losses are mounting. Net losses widened significantly from June to September, rising from $70m in the first six months, to $134m for the first nine months as the cost of revenue increased.
The hotly anticipated IPO of Workday could help to advance Morgan Stanley’s rehabilitation in the wake of the Facebook fiasco. But given the way other recent tech deals led by the bank have been structured, it is still too soon to pass a verdict on its performance – or to tell how much long-term damage the debacle surrounding the Facebook offering will do to its business in Silicon Valley.
Plenty of fast-growing private companies insist that they are keeping their heads down, refusing to be distracted by large dollar signs and resisting the urge to rush forward with an IPO. Facebook actually means it.
As an unusual sort of company, Zynga comes with an unusual set of warning labels, including its dependence “on a small percentage of our players for nearly all of our revenue”, as the prospectus filed on Friday puts it. That raises an interesting and still unanswered set of questions.
With all the brouhaha around social media, it’s easy to forget a sector that was meant to have had a few hot IPOs of its own by now. A company that is trying to make money by selling green slime hopes to change that.
There has been no shortage of players from the private secondary markets basking in the reflected glory from the LinkedIn IPO. But by itself, one successful deal does not prove the markets are working effectively, and there are still plenty of reasons to be cautious.
There’s no doubt about it: Wall Street is ready to pay up for growth. Even when compared to the heady price Microsoft has just agreed to pay for Skype, the LinkedIn deal looks rich. But this kind of growth is a rare commodity in the public market these days.
Now that the first half of the year is over, it’s a good time for taking stock. These numbers pretty much tell the story of the tech financing markets:
Down 57 per cent. The value of tech IPOs and M&A in the US in the first half of 2009, compared with the same period last year (figures from Dow Jones Venture Source.) At only $2.8bn, this is back at 2003 levels. The NVCA reckons that the amount that all venture-backed companies raised from “liquidity events” fell by 53 per cent, to just under $4bn.