Snapchat to reveal financials within a week: sources

Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:57pm EST
 
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By Lauren Hirsch and Liana B. Baker

(Reuters) - Snap Inc, the secretive technology company that owns the popular messaging service Snapchat, is due to reveal its financials within a week as it moves toward its eagerly awaited initial public offering (IPO), sources familiar with the situation said on Friday.

The Venice, California-based company will publish the registration document it secretly filed with U.S regulators last autumn, containing a dossier of tightly held finances and its plans for operating as a public company.

The sources, who cautioned that Snapchat's plans may still change, asked not to be named because the information is private. A spokeswoman for Snap Inc declined to comment.

Snap Inc expects to go public as soon as March and could be valued at $20 billion to $25 billion, based on reports of its latest round of funding, which would make it the largest U.S. technology IPO since Facebook Inc's in 2012.

Snapchat has already confidentially filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under the U.S. Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. Under that law, companies with less than $1 billion in revenue can secretly file for an IPO, allowing them to quietly test investor appetite.

A company must make its initial IPO prospectus filing, officially known as an S-1, public at least 15 days before beginning its so-called "road show," in which it markets the IPO to investors.

The prospectus details a company's business background, finances and corporate governance for investors. Companies often update the filings several times before their IPOs, adding details such as the amount they expect to raise and the exchange they expect to list on.

Snapchat is expected to offer new investors "no-vote" shares as part of its IPO, the sources said. Such a structure will deny investors voting power over the company's corporate decisions, leaving more control in the hands of its board and co-founders, Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy.   Continued...

 
A billboard displays the logo of Snapchat above Times Square in New York March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo