Wise Makes Its Debut on the London Stock Exchange, Now Valued at US$11 Billionby Fintechnews Switzerland July 12, 2021
Wise, a London-based remittance firm, has begun trading on the London Stock Exchange’s (LSE) main market through a direct listing.
According to a statement by the LSE, this marks the first direct listing of a technology company in its history.
Reuters reported that Wire’s shares opened at 800 pence and closed at 880 pence, valuing the company at US$11 billion (8.75 billion pounds).
With this valuation, which is well above the US$6 – US$7 billion market expectations from earlier this year, Wise has emerged as London’s biggest tech company by market capitalisation.
Co-founded by Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann in 2011 under its original name TransferWise, Wise has over 10 million people and businesses move more than £5 billion across borders every month using its platform.
According to Wise, the firm has been profitable since 2017. In FY2021, Wise moved £54 billion across borders for 6 million customers, representing a volume CAGR of 42% between FY2019 and FY2021.
Revenues grew at a CAGR of 54% over the same period, reaching £421 million. Adjusted EBITDA reached £109m.
Kristo Käärmann, CEO and co-founder of Wise, commented on the listing,
“Our listing is incredibly exciting, and lots of hard work from many people has made it a reality. But, it’s important to remember that we’re still very early on in our journey.
We’re currently saving customers around £1 billion a year in these hidden fees. The £149 billion that’s still to go remains our focus.”
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