A screen announces Amplitude’s direct listing outside the Nasdaq Market in Times Square in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
September 28, 2021
(Reuters) – Shares of Amplitude Inc opened nearly 43% above their reference price in Nasdaq debut on Tuesday, notching up a valuation of about $5 billion for the Benchmark Capital-backed analytics company.
San Francisco-based Amplitude, which confidentially filed for a direct listing in July, was valued at $4 billion after a funding round in June.
Stock of the company, which is also backed by Tencent Holdings Ltd, Sequoia Capital and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC, opened at $50 per share, up from the reference price of $35 per share.
Amplitude is a mobile analytics company that enables customers to optimize their products. Its customers include Comcast-owned media company NBCUniversal, payments processor PayPal Holdings Ltd, fitness products maker Peloton Interactive Inc and grocery delivery firm Instacart.
In a direct listing, companies are allowed to list on the stock market without selling shares. Amplitude’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Spenser Skates has long been a proponent of this alternative route to public markets.
(Reporting by Niket Nishant in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)