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Spotify, Apple Music’s main competitor, this morning opened on the New York Stock Exchange at $165.90 per share, valuing the company at $29.5 billion.
When Spotify filed to go public in February, CNBC estimated the company’s valuation at ~$23 billion based on private trades that had reached as high as $132.50. Spotify used the $132 per share figure as its reference price, which would have given the company a $23.5 billion valuation.
As noted by TechCrunch, Spotify is not selling its shares on the stock market and is not raising money today. Its direct listing is instead a collection of transactions from existing shareholders selling shares to stock market investors.
Spotify employees are allowed to sell their shares right away, unlike with a traditional IPO, which could lead to volatility in the coming weeks.
As of December 31, 2017, Spotify had 159 million active monthly users and 71 million premium subscribers, which Spotify says is “double the scale” of Apple Music. Apple as of February boasted 36 million paying subscribers.
In an appearance on CBS This Morning, Spotify cofounder and CEO Daniel Ek today discussed the company’s public offering and a recent report from The Wall Street Journal suggesting Apple Music is on track to overtake Spotify in U.S. subscribers.
In response, Ek said that because Spotify is twice the size as Apple Music, the company “still has some room.” Ek said that he’s “very happy” with the growth that Spotify is seeing. The music industry, he says, is too big for Spotify alone.
“What we’ve found is that when we’ve got competition, it actually grows the market because more people are now talking about streaming. It’s easy to forget that just three years ago, even in the U.S., streaming wasn’t a thing,” he said.
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