Spotify Valued at $29.5 Billion as Stock Begins Trading at $165.90 Per Share

Spotify, Apple Music's main competitor, this morning opened on the New York Stock Exchange at $165.90 per share, valuing the company at $29.5 billion.

When Spotify filed to go public in February, CNBC estimated the company's valuation at ~$23 billion based on private trades that had reached as high as $132.50. Spotify used the $132 per share figure as its reference price, which would have given the company a $23.5 billion valuation.


As noted by TechCrunch, Spotify is not selling its shares on the stock market and is not raising money today. Its direct listing is instead a collection of transactions from existing shareholders selling shares to stock market investors.

Spotify employees are allowed to sell their shares right away, unlike with a traditional IPO, which could lead to volatility in the coming weeks.

As of December 31, 2017, Spotify had 159 million active monthly users and 71 million premium subscribers, which Spotify says is "double the scale" of Apple Music. Apple as of February boasted 36 million paying subscribers.

In an appearance on CBS This Morning, Spotify cofounder and CEO Daniel Ek today discussed the company's public offering and a recent report from The Wall Street Journal suggesting Apple Music is on track to overtake Spotify in U.S. subscribers.

In response, Ek said that because Spotify is twice the size as Apple Music, the company "still has some room." Ek said that he's "very happy" with the growth that Spotify is seeing. The music industry, he says, is too big for Spotify alone.

"What we've found is that when we've got competition, it actually grows the market because more people are now talking about streaming. It's easy to forget that just three years ago, even in the U.S., streaming wasn't a thing," he said.

Update: Spotify closed at $149.60, giving it a market cap of $26.5 billion.



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14 months ago
for a company that has never turned a profit. wow
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14 months ago
These tech valuations are ridiculous.

Edit to add that the valuation suggests a per active user value of $188. That’s everyone. Not just premium paying customers.

Seems steep.
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14 months ago
there’s definitely another tech bubble brewing.
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14 months ago
What a joke. Congrats to Spotify’s management as this valuation is totally messed up considering they didn’t make any profit and lack any strategic direction.
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14 months ago
Was planning on learning how to short a stock. Now that I’ve read that Spotify management is comparing Spotify to the “scale” of Apple Music, without acknowledging that Apple Music is supported by a massive profit machine, I really want to learn how to short a stock.
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14 months ago
WOW !, & Congrats to the entire Spotify team !
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14 months ago
Meanwhile, I'm still paid $0.0038 per stream.

**** Spotify.
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14 months ago
Good luck to them. Without the success of Spotify, Apple Music would not exist.
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14 months ago

They're growing their users by something like 50% a year, so that's not inherently a problem. If they can start actually monetizing users, then the valuation per user may well be fine. The issue is right now they lose money on every user, and have yet to articulate a way to change that.


They've got about 30MM paid users, paying about $12/mo. Lifetime value over 5 years is about $720/user, valuation seems correct.
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14 months ago

AAPL is $166.65. SPOT is $155.31. Could sell my AAPL and buy the same number of shares of SPOT, pocket the rest.

I think I'll wait to see where SPOT settles before I buy it.
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I've had an active family plan for 3 years now, so that's $560 in revenue they've gotten from me, just one of those active users. Seems undervalued when you put it that way.


Key word - revenue. Do you think they have assets and profit projections to justify $188 per active user?

They have yet to turn a profit, so the answer has to be no. It’s a service company without large asset base, no inventory to monetize (again, as tangible asset) and frankly they operate in a highly compatitive landscape. To make matters worse, the competition, like Apple, have very deep pockets. Last, even an ad based revenue model seems like a limited venture. Amazon will give you ad free experience for $3.99 if you own an Alexa device? Apple had HomePod and an ecosystem that expands beyond music.

That’s why I think they are way overvalued. That’s just my opinion. I’m not an expert in finance.
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