Shares of Peloton Interactive Inc, the fitness startup known for on-demand workout programs on its exercise bikes, slid as much as 11 per cent in their market debut, giving the company a market value of $7.55billion.
The New York-based company’s shares opened at $27.00 and inched up to $27.25 in early trading on the Nasdaq.
Peloton priced its initial public offering at $29 on Wednesday, at the higher end of its expected price range, raising about $1.16billion at a valuation of $8.1billion.
Peloton CEO John Foley (third from right) celebrates his company’s IPO at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York City on Thursday
From left: Peloton President William Lynch; CEO John Foley; and CFO Jill Woodward
The popular startup sells indoor bicycles and offers memberships to live and on-demand classes from home
Peloton’s shares slipped as much as 11 per cent on its first day of trading on Thursday
The company had marketed a price range of $26 to $29 per share.
The valuation is based on 279.5 million outstanding shares.
Founded in 2012, Peloton sells indoor bicycles and offers packages requiring memberships to access live and on-demand classes from home.
The company was most recently valued at $4.15billion, according to data provider PitchBook.
Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, BOfA Merrill Lynch and Barclays are the lead underwriters for the IPO.
Wall Street’s main indexes extended declines on Thursday after a report that the United States was unlikely to extend a temporary waiver over Huawei’s blacklisting, adding to worries related to an inquiry into the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Stocks in the S&P 500 technology sector dropped 0.48% after Bloomberg’s report on China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.
The Philadelphia semiconductor index .SOX, which includes a number of companies that supply to the Chinese telecom equipment maker, fell 0.73%.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average recovered from early losses on Thursday
A whistleblower report released earlier in the day alleged Trump used his office to solicit interference in the 2020 presidential election from a foreign country.
The report is seen as central to the impeachment inquiry.
‘I don’t see this necessarily as a market issue unless you consider the fact that if the Chinese see that Trump’s strength in office is somewhat threatened, then perhaps they will be more emboldened to try to postpone any trade negotiations until after elections,’ said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab in Austin, Texas.
The S&P energy sector, down 1.75%, was the worst performer among the 11 major S&P sectors, tracking lower oil prices after a rebound in Saudi Arabian supply.
The defensive consumer staples, utilities and real estate were the only gainers.
The three sectors are also the best performing S&P indexes this quarter as investors switched to defensive plays in the face of escalating Sino-U.S. trade tensions and mixed data that has fanned global growth concerns.
Facebook Inc slipped 2.4% as a person familiar with the matter told Reuters that the U.S. Justice Department will open an antitrust investigation of the social media company.
Losses in the social network’s stock pulled the communication services sector down 0.38%.