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Spotify IPO: is the stock listing music to investors’ ears?

on April 6, 2018

In 2017, Spotify earned about $5bn in revenue through its 71 million paying subscribers, but high costs, which last year included a staggering $1.5bn in music royalties, have kept the company in the red. However, share sales in the private market ahead of the 3 April Nasdaq launch were telling. New York financial services group Manhattan Venture Partners reported that Spotify shares had been changing hands for up to $150 each in the two weeks prior to launch.

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SPOTIFY HAS GONE PUBLIC WITH A BANG, DESPITE UNCONVENTIONAL PATH

on April 4, 2018

Prior to listing, Santosh Rao, the head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners — which has invested in the company in the secondary market — expected Spotify’s strategy to pay off and be an example for others to follow. “If this is a successful listing, I can see Airbnb doing it, Uber doing it,” he told Bloomberg. “But Uber and Airbnb are much bigger scale.”

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Spotify Wall Street debut is a success

on April 4, 2018

Afterward, the day went without a glitch, with Spotify achieving a trading volume of 30 million. “It was a safe landing,” said Santosh Rao, the head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners. “People thought this was going to be chaotic, but it was smooth.”

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Spotify’s Wall Street Debut Is a Success

on April 4, 2018

Afterward, the day went without a glitch, with Spotify achieving a trading volume of 30 million. “It was a safe landing,” said Santosh Rao, the head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners. “People thought this was going to be chaotic, but it was smooth.”

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Spotify’s secret weapon

on April 3, 2018

On Tuesday, Spotify is going public in a highly unusual debut that sees it ditch the usual fundraising and fanfare. But the company is looking to lure investors in part by comparing itself to a company with which Wall Street is very familiar. “The comparison is good. It shows that even Netflix was underestimated and then they became this giant,” says Santosh Rao, who tracks Spotify as head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners. “It shows that there is power in numbers.”

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Spotify’s Direct Listing IPO Could Be ‘Historic’ for Tech Unicorns

on April 3, 2018

Santosh Rao, head of research at Manhattan Venture Research, said the direct listing prevents any forced buying or selling and does not include a lock-up period. Going public also won’t change much about the company’s reporting, which has been quite transparent, according to Rao. “This is the way the company has been positioned all along,” Rao said. “Being a European company, they are required to disclose financials every year anyway.”

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How much is Spotify worth? Streaming service gets ready to go public this week

on April 2, 2018

According to Manhattan Venture Partners (MVP), a New York bank, Spotify shares had been trading on a grey market for up to $150 in the last fortnight – giving it an unofficial $26.5bn valuation. Grey market trading occurs outside of authorized channels and usually happens before an initial public offering.

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Spotify share trading hints at $25bn flotation for music streaming giant

on April 2, 2018

Manhattan Venture Partners (MVP), a New York bank that specializes in “grey market” trading for large private companies, said Spotify shares had been trading hands for as much as $150 in the last two weeks, a price that values the company at around $26.5bn.

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Dropbox: The company everyone wants to kill

on March 12, 2018

“Now, you don’t need to go to Dropbox to do all the functions that they have,” says Santosh Rao, who tracks Dropbox as head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners. “You can live without Dropbox.” That doesn’t mean Dropbox is doomed, but Rao says the company’s opportunity may be closer to Twitter (TWTR) than Facebook (FB). “It doesn’t have the mass appeal of a Facebook, but I think in a niche market, it has its presence,” he says.

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Music streaming service Spotify files for public listing in filing that highlights data analysis

on March 8, 2018

The odds are in favor of Spotify’s listing succeeding, said Santosh Rao, the head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners, which has acquired shares of the company sold in the private secondary market. “If this is a successful listing, I can see Airbnb doing it, Uber doing it,” Rao said. “But Uber and Airbnb are much bigger scale.”

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