Twitter Aims to Raise $1.82 Billion
As Twitter announced on Wednesday, its IPO price has finally been set at $26, a significant hike from the initial price range of $17 to $20.
Twitter is now set to raise $1.83 billion, potentially valuing the microblogging platform at up to $18 billion. Even though Twitter’s initial public offering appears small compared to Facebook’s blockbuster IPO a year ago, it is still larger than many high-profile tech IPOs over the past few decades. When Amazon, a company now worth $163 billion, went public in May 1997, the online retailer raised no more than $54 million. Even Google's IPO, arguably the second-largest internet IPO behind Facebook’s, raised less capital than Twitter is now planning to.
The sentiment surrounding Twitter’s stock market debut is largely positive. Despite the fact that some experts haven’t been too impressed by Twitter’s recent user growth, analysts are seeing no problem for the company reaching 400 million users within the next few years. Given the circumstances, it appears unlikely for Twitter to suffer the same fate its big brother Facebook suffered last year.
Twitter accounts with the most followers worldwide as of September 2015 (in millions)
Twitter accounts with the most followers worldwide 2015
Number of data removal requests issued to Twitter from January 2012 to June 2015
Twitter: total number of data removal requests as of 2H 2015
Number of monthly active Twitter users in the United States from 1st quarter 2010 to 2nd quarter 2015 (in millions)
Twitter: number of monthly active U.S. users 2010-2015
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