Tencent Music has turned a profit the past three years. Spotify has only turned a profit once. Any questions?
Several months ago, Chinese conglomerate Tencent Holdings unveiled its plan to list its music division on Wall Street.
With a valuation of over $25 billion, Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) was poised to become the second-largest tech IPO launch of 2018, following Spotify’s traditional non-IPO direct listing.
Other Chinese tech companies have had success on Wall Street this year.
In March, iQiyi, a Chinese streaming video company, went public with a $2.4 billion valuation. Then, in July, Pinduoduo, an e-commerce discount platform, launched its IPO with a $1.6 billion valuation.
TME executives first posited the idea of raising up to $4 billion from going public. Then, last September, a leaked report revealed that they had halved that price to just $2 billion.
Due to turbulent market conditions, Tencent Music delayed its IPO launch, originally scheduled for October 18th. The stock will now go public on December 12th, a rare move for large-scale tech IPOs.
An F1/A filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reveals several interesting facts about Tencent Music.
First, the company hopes to raise up to $1.41 billion from the IPO. It’s underwritten by Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche, and BofA Merrill Lynch. Tencent Music will list at a price between $13 and $15.
Second, the company remains incredibly healthy and regularly turns a profit, unlike Spotify. TME also continues to grow.
For the quarter ended September 30th, 2018, Tencent Music’s revenue reached ¥13.6 billion ($2 billion). This number has increased 83.7% over the same period last year, when the company reported ¥7.4 billion ($1.1 billion) in revenue.
In addition, Tencent Music revealed its profit for the nine months ended 2017 and 2018 reached ¥785 million ($114.5 million) and ¥2.7 billion ($394 million), respectively.
In the nine months ended September 30th, 2018, Tencent Music’s adjusted profit reached ¥3.3 billion ($474 million). This marks a 162.9% increase over the same period last year, when the company reported ¥1.2 billion ($180.7 million).
In total, Tencent Music grew more than 10% over the previous quarter. The company also grew 71% over the same period last year.
You can view the complete F1/A filing here.
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