Snap $SNAP (Snapchat) Files For IPO, Hopes To Raise $3 Billion (video)

Snap $SNAP Files For IPO

Video above published Feb 2, 2017: Snap files for its IPO. Recode's Kara Swisher weighs in.

Snap Inc. filed its Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday, February 2, 2017, in the process of going public. Snap hopes to raise $3 billion in the initial public offering (IPO) and will trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol SNAP.

Snap Inc. domains:
  • snap.com
  • snapchat.com  On twitter: @Snapchat
  • spectacles.com
UPDATE: Feb 4, 2017 More at Stake in this IPO than Just Toxic Financials | WolfStreet.com"new shareholders will get no voting rights at all. Zilch ... None. This vote-less Class A common stock is what is going to be sold to the public at the IPO. Shareholders will get little for their money – other than hope and hype and the financial toxicity of the deal that we can now see thanks to the filing."

Form S-1 excerpts (emphasis added):

Our flagship product, Snapchat, is a camera application that was created to help people communicate through short videos and images. We call each of those short videos or images a Snap. On average, 158 million people use Snapchat daily, and over 2.5 billion Snaps are created every day.

Camera. Snapchat opens directly into the Camera, making it easy to create a Snap and send it to friends. Snaps are deleted by default, so there is a lot less pressure to look pretty or perfect when creating and sending images on Snapchat. We offer lots of fun Creative Tools like Lenses, Geofilters, and Bitmojis that allow our community to express themselves through Snaps. Lenses are interactive animations that are overlaid on a person’s face or the world around them. Geofilters are artistic filters that can be applied after a Snap is taken at pre-defined times and locations. Bitmojis are cartoon likenesses of a user that are created in the Bitmoji application. On average, more than 60% of our Daily Active Users create Snaps with our Camera every day. This means that our Chat Service and Storytelling Platform products are always full of new, unique, and expressive Snaps.

Chat Service
. The first version of our application was a Chat Service that made it easy to send Snaps back and forth with friends—hence the name “Snapchat.” Our Chat Service has since been reimagined to include text-based Chat, video and voice calling, stickers, Bitmojis, and Group Chat. On average, more than 60% of our Daily Active Users use our Chat Service every day to send Snaps and talk with friends. We benefit from the frequency with which our user base communicates with one another because each message invites a user back to the application when they receive a push notification. On average, our Daily Active Users visit Snapchat more than 18 times each day.

Timeline excerpt from Snap Inc. S-1
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