Shares of Unity, a video game software developer, jumped more than 32% in its market debut Friday on the New York Stock Exchange…
The company priced its shares at $52 apiece, after lifting the range on Wednesday to between $44 and $48. The stock began trading at $75 per share. The surge after the open boosted the company’s market cap to nearly $20 billion, more than half of game-maker EA’s market cap.
The stock trades under the symbol “U.” Investors include DFJ, Sequoia Capital and Silver Lake Partners, according to the company’s S-1/A.
“The primary reasons for going public were more related to what was right for our company, not so much the amount of capital we could raise,” Unity CEO John Riccitiello told CNBC’s “Power Lunch.” Riccitiello said he appreciated the “discipline” of financial reporting, and that the “public currency” would help it hire more people.
Founded in 2004, Unity has become a major player in game creation over the past decade by giving developers the tools to create 3D titles for phones, consoles and the web without having to code for each platform. The company said in its prospectus that it has 1.5 million monthly active creators and that developers using its software are seeing over 3 billion downloads a month.
Unity’s revenue in the first half of 2020 rose 39% from a year earlier to $351.3 million and the number of customers spending $100,000 or more increased to 716 from 515. Unity’s net loss in the first six months of the year narrowed to $54.1 million from $67.1 million a year ago.
The company announced that employees and…
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