Mobile gaming company AppLovin was reportedly preparing an IPO scheduled for early 2021, as it looks to cash-in on growing demand following the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
Citing people familiar with the situation, Reuters reported AppLovin has hired US investment bank Morgan Stanley to lead the preparation process prior to the IPO, which would be held subject to market conditions.
The news comes more than a year after Fortune reported the company was looking to raise $1 billion from an IPO, originally planned for 2020.
Chinese private equity investment company Orient Hontai Capital tried to buy AppLovin for US$1.4 billion in 2016, but the deal didn’t go through due to US regulatory concerns.
AppLovin then secured debt financing of US$841 million from the investment entity instead.
In July 2018, private equity company KKR acquired a minority stake in AppLovin for US$400 million, in a deal valuing the platform at US$2 billion at the time. https://www.mobileworldlive.com