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The Airbnb IPO

Airbnb was publicly listed on the NASDAQ on Thursday 10th November. The company had previously planned to launch much earlier in the year but decided against the move as the coronavirus pandemic hit its revenues and bookings severely during the first lockdown.

The vacation home rentals firm aimed to target between $44 to $50 per share, with an aim to raising over $3 billion in the first month, making this one of the biggest IPOs of the year. This would give the firm a notional value of around $25 to $30 billion after the sale.

Airbnb currently outstrips rivals TripAdvisor ($3.51bn) and Expedia ($17.61bn) but still lags behind ($83.07bn).

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What next for Airbnb?

After a torrid year for travel firms worldwide, Airbnb will look to the IPO to help it cements its place among the largest travel firms in the world. The move will help fund growth and diversification plans for the company going forward, including complementary services and experiences as well as its current hotel and self-catering apartment offering.

Why did Airbnb go public?

One of the main driving factors behind the listing is the company’s commitment to honouring its employee share options scheme, whereby employees can sell any of their share options which were offered during the ‘start-up’ phase of the company’s grow.

Who has invested in Airbnb?

Since its launch in 2008, Airbnb has raised over $5bn in funding from more than 55 institutional investment firms including CapitalG, TCV, FirstMark, Sequoia Capital amongst many other big names.

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