Snapchat appears to be moving forward in its plans to go public early next year with the company filing confidentially for its IPO, according to a report from Reuters.
In recent years, companies have begun filing confidentially for their initial public offerings well ahead of revealing their financial guts in the formal IPO process. That gives a time window between the SEC getting the documents and them becoming available for public scrutiny, both from industry watchers and potential investors. It doesn’t mean that an IPO is absolutely imminent — the company could go public as early as March, as previously reported — but it does mean that the company is going through the motions to get out there.
With that, it looks like the anticipation for Snapchat’s IPO is coming in about as much as expected. The company has 150 million daily active users and has rapidly become one of the most enticing new advertising platforms for marketers. Snapchat also has an opportunity to steal momentum from Facebook and other platforms that are now under scrutiny as a result of the prevalence of fake news following the presidential election.
According to Dow Jones, Snapchat filed the papers before the presidential election. But given the news that’s come following the election, it may be that Snapchat looks even more appealing to investors if it can hold onto the trust of its user base and be able to steal users away from existing networks.
It was earlier reported that Snapchat was looking to raise as much as $4 billion in its initial public offering that could value it between $25 billion and $35 billion. That’s could be as much as double its previous valuation, when it raised $1.8 billion in a financing round in May earlier this year. All these discussions are generally tactics to gauge interest from investors and drum up excitement for the company, though now it appears things are starting to get more formal.
We’re updating this story as more information comes in.