Final Note

Snap Inc. officially files for IPO

Kai Ryssdal Feb 2, 2017
HTML EMBED:
COPY
  Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Final Note

Snap Inc. officially files for IPO

Kai Ryssdal Feb 2, 2017
  Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
HTML EMBED:
COPY

Back in November, there were stories going around that Snap Inc. was getting ready to go public. According to reports today, it has officially filed for its initial public offering.

Snap Inc., of course, is the corporate parent of Snapchat and those funny looking spectacles. The company generates more than $400 million annually, and the public offering is slated to value the brand at over $20 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The company said in its filing that it’s never made a dime in profit. That’s because its tremendous revenue growth is counterbalanced by some sizable losses — net loss in 2016 was more than $500 million.

A reminder: Uber, Airbnb and Pinterest — just to name a few other big tech firms — are still comfortably not publicly traded. Maybe Snap Inc.’s decision will create a change of scenery.

And if you’re still confused about what a public offering means, consult our quick explainer.

As a nonprofit news organization, our future depends on listeners like you who believe in the power of public service journalism.

Your investment in Marketplace helps us remain paywall-free and ensures everyone has access to trustworthy, unbiased news and information, regardless of their ability to pay.

Donate today — in any amount — to become a Marketplace Investor. Now more than ever, your commitment makes a difference.