TikTok, Reddit, Epic Games - 2023 IPO?

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January 31, 2023

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  • Update on the Most Anticipated IPOs - TikTok, Reddit, Epic Games
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  • How to License Your Ideas and Products

TikTok, Reddit, Epic Games - Most Anticipated IPOs

Initial public offerings or IPOs 📈 are a great way for investors to make a big profit in a short time yielding investors, on average, about 40% returns in the first 3 months. 💸 For the companies, after completing the funding stage, IPOs can be a great way for them to gain exposure to the open market, attract more capital, improve liquidity, and help a company grow.  🚀🚀🚀 

Well, there were only 66 IPOs in the USA in 2022 - down nearly 90%  📉 during the same period in 2021, particularly in the tech space where there have been massive layoffs which delayed some of the most anticipated IP0s - TikTok, Reddit, and Epic Games.  Will these companies pull the trigger in 2023?  Let's look at the current status.

TikTok - This social media behemoth was valued around $300 billion, or $170/share, in a PE secondary market (through its parent company BytdDance Ltd), from an estimate $400 billion last year. 😎 TikTok, the Chinese video-based company (which was almost acquired by Microsoft) looks set to give investors a chance to reconsider the question of whether it is ripe for an IPO.🕺

Many will be asking after looking at falling user numbers at Facebook and Twitter 📉, not to mention the ultimate downfall of dozens of other social media companies in the decade before. 👎

Although TikTok will not be listed on an American exchange due to the ongoing political standoff between the United States 🇺🇸 and China 🇨🇳, TikTok will most probably list on the Shanghai or Hong Kong exchanges at some stage in 2023. ⛩ 

The company announced that it surpassed 3 billion downloads, and in China alone, it has 600 million active daily users, but stands in the middle of a cross border conflict over the company's use of US user data, as well as Chinese government's own restrictions. ❌ It is caught in the middle, so does it have the luxury of waiting it out the political drama  🎭 considering how other social media companies have declined over the last several? What's clear is that major investors worldwide are closely watching a potential listing this year. 👀

Reddit - The "front page of the Internet," Reddit has been contemplating an IPO for the last two years. In fact, Reddit filed its intention to hold an IPO in late 2021, without mentioning a date, a valuation of $15 billion. 🤯 For the next year or so, speculation has been mounting about when that data might fall, and whether 2023 is the year to go public. While Reddit has massive daily active users (DAU) (over 50 million), it is counting on digital advertising rebounding that declined the last couple of years. 📈

Offering a format that is more similar to Twitter than other social media platforms, Reddit may even benefit from Twitter going private. 🙌  The listing price might be significantly lower than it was a year ago, but the company seeks to match the previous $15 billion valuation. 🚀

Epic Games - The maker of Fortnite, the online video game with an estimated 400 million users, has raised $4.4 billion since its founding in 1991 🤩, with its latest raise in 2020 valuing it at $28 billion. Because investors video games, which is rapidly growing industry, it may bring a potential 2023 IPO listing price of closer to $30 billion. 🚀

The company’s backers include Kleiner Perkins, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Smash Ventures, Disney Accelerator, and Sony. Epic Games’ history of developing popular video games will likely lead to a successful IPO, even in the current climate. The venture backed investors may influence an IPO sooner so they can cash out of their positions. 💵 📈


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