According to reports from Reuters, Angry Birds developer Rovio is planning an IPO. This has been long rumoured but it appears as if it is finally happening.
Rovio is planning to raise €30 million via an initial public offering and will use company shares in order to make potential acquisitions. The company confirmed to Reuters that the existing shareholders, including the Hed family and current VC firms Accel Partners and Atomico, will be offering shares.
The listing is to be made on the NASDAQ stock exchange in Helsinki, Finland and, while no value has been set by the company, it is estimated that the value of the company will be $2 billion. No date has been set for the planned IPO either.
Rovio grew exponentially when the company launched Angry Birds in 2009, rapidly expanding its reach to licensing and merchandise potential. As the jets cooled on the franchise, so did Rovio. The company had slowed somewhat until 2016 when a movie tie-in helped boost game sales and figures are projected to increase further this year.
Rovio is currently owned by Trema International, a parent company owned by Kaj Head and Rovio co-founder Niklas Hed. 69 per cent of the company falls under their ownership with the rest owned by venture capitalist firms. Carnegie and Danske will be co-ordinating the IPO.