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Spotify Is Looking to Go Public Before Year's End
07 April 2017, 02:27 | Muriel Sparks
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It's also unofficially known that the new arrangement alters the financial terms between Spotify and the mega-major, though it's thought the more preferential rates the streaming firm has secured are dependent on it meeting certain growth targets. That approach would be different from an initial public offering, the more traditional route hot tech startups use to go public and raise money at the same time.
In 2015, Spotify was valued at $8.5 billion. As the Wall Street Journal points out, a direct listing involves a company putting its shares into a public exchange and letting buyers and sellers trade them at prices set by general supply and demand. But if Spotify pulls of a successful IPO that isn't an IPO, perhaps more local companies will follow in its footsteps. It's unclear whether a direct offering would satisfy the conditions of the loan.
At the same time, the smaller scope of a direct listing could fit Spotify's current needs.
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One question that's created by Spotify's move: What happens when an artist doesn't want to put their new work behind the premium wall? "To that end, the long-term success of Spotify, and others like it, is essential to the ecosystem's enduring health".
While there was speculation earlier this year that Spotify's IPO may slip to 2018, going public this year remains a real possibility for the company, which has been watching the market reception for Snapchat's IPO among other indicators.
On Tuesday, the company announced it had signed a multi-year global licence agreement with Universal Music Group which, according to industry analysts, is expected to reduce the amount of money paid to the record major for rights, and would thereby enable Spotify to generate its first profits. And as of now, the service has only reached this "windowing" deal with Universal Music Group and not Sony, Warner or EMI.
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