Por Abhinav Ramnarayan y Julien Ponthus
LONDON, March 30 (Reuters) – Deliveroo shares plunged as much as 30% on its trading debut on Wednesday, slashing the company’s valuation by more than £ 2 billion, in a blow to the food and beverage delivery group. for the London IPO market.
The long-awaited stock market premiere, the biggest on the London market in a decade, had been hailed by UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak as a “true British technology success story” that could pave the way for more IPOs. of fast-growing tech companies.
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However, the debut had already been overshadowed by the fact that some of the largest British investment firms refused to participate in the operation, citing concerns about working conditions in the gig or bowling economy and the structure of the actions.
The 390 pence price gave an overall valuation of 7.6 billion pounds ($ 10.46 billion) and was already at the bottom of an initially proposed guideline range.
Within minutes of opening the market on Wednesday, it was losing 2.28 billion pounds in value. This development will hurt the IPO market in the UK and Europe, according to a capital markets expert banker.
“It is an extremely painful move in one of the most anticipated IPOs of the year,” he said, asking to remain anonymous.
After hitting a low of 271 pence, the stock rose again to 298 pence at 1015 BST.
Stocks tend to rebound from steep declines on their market debut when managing banks make use of the over-allotment option or “greenshoe”, a percentage of the supply set aside to stabilize the price.
One trader said it had not seen any buyers for the shares. “All we have seen is one way traffic, not a single buyer,” he told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
A source familiar with the deal said it was a difficult start, but that the company would have to focus on the long term.
“Deliveroo has today raised 1 billion new capital that is going to invest in the business and in new technologies. It is not about the price of the share in a single day.”
(Information from Abhinav Ramnarayan and Julien Ponthus; additional information from Elizabeth Howcroft and Tom Arnold, edited by Rachel Armstrong and Barbara Lewis, translated by Tomás Cobos)