These billion-dollar IPOs are due in 2021

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong. (Photo: dpa)

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Airbnb, Doordash or Snowflake – despite the corona crisis, hundreds of companies around the world successfully dared to go public in 2020. More billion-dollar IPOs are due in 2021.

The corona pandemic has affected companies in very different ways over the past few months. After a slump in the spring, the tech industry in particular benefited from steadily rising share values. The positive stock market environment was also reflected in the initial public offerings in 2020. Last but not least, Airbnb and Snowflake got off to a better start than expected on the trading floor. For 2021, further IPOs worth billions are expected – this time fintech companies in particular are scraping in the starting blocks.

Stripe and Robinhood aim to go public

The IPO of the payment company Stripe, for example, could take place this year, but according to experts, that is not yet certain. The PayPal competitor was valued at $ 32 billion in October. In the coming months, the value could soar to $ 70 billion to $ 100 billion. Meanwhile, US online broker Robinhood is almost certainly preparing to go public. According to Reuters, the company has been in contact with Goldman Sachs for some time. Robinhood was valued at $ 11.7 billion in September 2020.

A possible IPO of the Coinbase crypto exchange, which is estimated at a company value of $ 28 billion, could also cost billions. Coinbase submitted a corresponding application to the US Securities and Exchange Commission in December, as did reports. In this case, the SEC should examine the application particularly thoroughly – not least against the background of the current allegations against Ripple and its cryptocurrency XRP. Coinbase has also been targeted by a corresponding lawsuit.

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Successful IPO: Affirm shows how

Other potential stock market candidates are the online loan company Sofi, the software companies Tanium and Uipath, and the educational platforms Udemy and Coursera, such as at is called. The computer game platform Roblox, valued at $ 30 billion, is also heading for the stock exchange. The Affirm Holdings IPO gives hope for the coming months to investors and potential candidates. The provider of installment payments made a successful debut on the stock exchange last week – and doubled the price within the first 30 minutes.

Some market observers are already anticipating a similarly successful year on the stock market as 2020. According to Ernst & Young, over 1,300 companies have gone public worldwide in the past twelve months. The issue volume was $ 263 billion. In the USA, 2020 is said to have been the best IPO year since the 1990s in terms of the number of transactions and capital increases. According to the consulting firm Pricewaterhousecoopers, the cumulative issue volume was well over 150 billion dollars.

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