Petco stock priced its initial public offering above forecasts late Wednesday, ahead of its trading debut Thursday.
The pet supply retailer raised $864 million from its IPO after selling 48 million shares at $18 each, above the expected range of $14-$17. At that price, the company’s market valuation tops $4.6 billion.
Petco Health and Wellness (WOOF) will join the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol WOOF. Goldman Sachs and Bank of America are the lead banks for the IPO.
The isn’t the first time Petco has made a public debut. It first went public in 1994 before going private in 2000. Then it went public again in 2002 before going private again in 2006.
According to IPO research and advisory firm IPO Boutique, Petco is “well-oversubscribed” and, it added, “the underwriters are currently guiding pricing to the high-end or above the $14-$17 range.”
More pet-focused IPOs are on the way in 2021. BarkBox, a popular monthly subscription service for dogs, is expected to go public via a merger with Northern Star Acquisitions, a blank-check company, in the second quarter. It will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker BARK.
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Pet ownership has boomed during the Covid-19 pandemic as Americans went on adopting sprees. Shelter Animals Count, a database that follows 500 shelters around the U.S., said adoptions rose 15% in 2020 vs. 2019.
Americans also spent more money on their pets last year. A LendingTree poll in October found that 1 in 3 pet owners increased spending on their pets during the pandemic even as unemployment rose and other types of spending fell.
Chewy stock jumped 8% to close at a record high of 112.46 on the stock market today. Freshpet fell 1.9%.
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