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Russia's QIWI raises $213m in Nasdaq IPO

0 4 May 2013

QIWI, one of Russia’s largest payment transfer companies, yesterday raised $213 million on the first day of its IPO on the Nasdaq stock market. Shares, initially priced at $17, ended the day up 0.5% at $17.08, boosting to company’s total value to around $850 million.

The IPO, organised by J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, Renaissance Securities, Robert W. Baird & Co. and William Blair & Company, made 12.5 million American Depository class B shares available for purchase, with the sale’s underwriters also holding sale options on a further 1.875 million. If sold, these would take the IPO’s total value to $244.4 million. 

QIWI operates a huge network of payment terminals in Russia and other CIS states, as well as in China, Brazil, India and South Africa, while its fast growing virtual wallet service, co-branded with Visa, allows users to make electronic payments online. 

Annual revenue in 2012 was $293 million, and there is significant potential for further expansion, as Russia’s market for electronic payments, which could be worth as much as $8.1 billion, continues to grow. 

Current major shareholders in QIWI include Saldivar Investments (25.4%, of which 88.9% belongs to the QIWI founder Sergei Solonin), Group (21.4%), Mitsui & co (14.9%), Antana International (12.7% - main investors Andrei and Nikolay Romanenko), Palmway Holding (8.5% -  Andrei Muravev) and E1 Ltd (8.4%, main investors Boris Kim, Gennady Babkin and Aleksey Korepanov).

Last month QIWI Ventures, the firm’s corporate venture branch, joined Rusbase’s Partners Program

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