Razer to raise upwards of $504 million within Hong Kong IPO

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Razer to raise upwards of $504 million in Hong Kong IPO


PC gaming company Razer is placed to raise upwards of $504 million (HK$3. 9 billion) when it lists on the Hk Stock Exchange on Monday.

The company, which develops gaming-focused add-ons for PCs, laptops and is getting ready to sell its first smartphone, nowadays priced its shares at HK$3. 88. That comes in towards the high-end associated with its HK$2. 93-HK$4. 00 price range arranged last month,

The list would give the firm a market cover of $4. 4 billion, that is more than double the $2 billion dollars valuation it commanded in its last round of venture capital investment.

The U. S. -Singapore organization first filed to go public within Hong Kong back in July, and it verified that it has sold a total of 1, 063, 600, 000 shares in the listing. The total amount raised could be increased still if underwriters take advantage of their particular green shoe option.

The listing follows the wildly-successful B?RSEGANG (?STERR.) for Tencent-backed China Literature, which usually raised over $1 billion plus saw shares jump 86 % after its first day associated with trading.

Perhaps profiting in the close timing, Razer has already noticed brisk demand for its stock.

The company initially planned to significantly more international shares than nearby Hong Kong shares, but it amended the particular amounts so they ended up 50-50. This said the Hong Kong component had been 290. 24 times over-subscribed as the global offering was “also very significantly over-subscribed.”

12-year-old Razer plans to spend the earnings on developing new product verticals � it is expected to announce its very first mobile device before the end of the year � funding acquisitions plus R& D, and also growing the brand via increased marketing endeavours.

Three-quarters of revenue originates from the sales of PC add-ons like gaming mice, souped upward keyboards, specialist headphones and more, but the company branched into PC devices with the Razer Blade, a high-performance notebook dedicated to portable gaming that expenses more than $2, 000, and it bought audio visual brand THX in 2016.  Despite the price, margins on the Cutting tool are low at under 3 percent.

Razer said in the prospectus that it isn’t likely to be rewarding for some time as it is focused on expanding the business. Beyond hardware it is wagering that a digital services play may leverage its brand to pay payouts, with its payments platform — funded simply by another acquisition â€? representing a critical a part of that strategy. It aims to develop its presence in key marketplaces like China, where it states be the top gaming accessories brand name, and North America, which already makes up about 50 percent of sales.

That’s yet to come and Razer can point to being profitable within 2014 — to the tune associated with $20. 3 million â€? prior to losses in 2015 and 2016, $20 million and $59. 6 mil, respectively. The former, it said, had been largely down to the cost of an aborted U. S. listing, while the most recent financial year saw a boost in stock options and more R& G. Excluding that compensation, Razer’s reduction for 2016 was a more humble $20. 6 million.

Revenue-wise, Razer is in a difficult spot. Total sales growth hasn’t been amazing, instead the company’s real opportunity is that the global video games industry itself will expand in order to give it more customers to sell in order to.

There’s precious little evaluation on the peripherals space but a written report commissioned by Razer itself figured gaming peripherals were a $2 billion market in 2016. With all the base of global gamers expected to jump from two billion dollars in 2016 to 2 . seven billion in 2021, Razer is definitely pitching investors on that chance coupled with its forays into cellular, AV, services and payments.


Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan can join us at the TechCrunch Singapore Meetup on December 23 to talk about the IPO, and how the business has evolved into a public company. Also participating in will be Nick Nash, Chairman associated with Sea, which raised $880 mil in a NYSE public listing final month.

We’ll be posting details of ticket availability for the occasion next week, so stay tuned.

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