What justifies the company’s valuation and
?what will be the IPO share price
Co. Dublin, Ireland, 22nd Dec 2021 ,Did you know that Stripe is the fourth most valuable private companies in the world?
The online payments processing company is currently valued at $95 billion and is poised for a blockbuster IPO.
Here’s a 5 reasons why Stripe’s mind-boggling valuation is justified.
Billionaire early investors
Did you know that the co-creators of Paypal, are some of Stripe’s earliest investors?
In 2014, a Venture Capital firm Founders Fund led Stripe’s Series C round, when the startup was valued at just under $2B. They have a stellar track record in the Venture Capital space, having backed some of the most successful startups of all time, including Facebook, Spotify, Palantir Technologies, and Lyft Inc.
Stripe’s valuation doubled in the last year
In 2020, Stripe held a Series G fundraising round – its third in three consecutive years – and raised $600 million from six illustrious Venture Capital investors, including Sequoia Capital, General Catalyst and Andreessen Horowitz. After this round, Stripe’s valuation rose to an impressive $35.4B.
However, the best was yet to come.
In March 2021, Stripe announced a new round of funding and secured an additional $600 million of Venture Capital. This brought the company’s valuation to a staggering $95B.
As we will see, this valuation is based on solid fundamentals.
Stripe is a global leader of online payments
Stripe is undeniably a global leader in electronic payment processing.
Indeed, Stripe claims that “millions of businesses in over 120 countries” use its services, including Amazon, Shopify, Microsoft and Uber. Stripe’s exact market share is difficult to quantify, but estimates believe it hovers between 11.8% and 15.49%.
In addition to boasting a strong presence in North America, Stripe is becoming a dominant force in the European market, with some of the continent’s largest and fast growing companies using its services: Jaguar Land Rover, Deliveroo, N26, Waitrose and Vinted are just some of the famous clients using its services.
Stripe’s revenues are skyrocketing
From 2014-2020, Stripe’s revenues increased by 18,400%, rising to $7.4B from just $40M.
Stripe makes most of its money by charging a flat rate of 2.9% + 30 cents for each transaction. Fees are split between payments, billing, subscriptions and invoicing, connect (for clients that need to pay 3rd party sellers) and terminal, for in-person POS payments.
This means that Stripe’s revenues increase along with transaction volumes. Large volume customers can reportedly negotiate discounts, but the details of such arrangements are not publicly available. In any case, more transactions translate to more revenues.
Since Stripe is still a private company, reliable profitability figures are hard to come by. Nevertheless, it is reportedly profitable, as its latest reported EBITDA stands at $120 million.
Stripe is much more than a payment processor
As mentioned in the previous paragraphs, Stripe is diversifying its revenues by offering a wide variety of complementary offerings such as business services, fraud detection, and advanced analytics.
To achieve its vision of building “economic infrastructure for the Internet”, Stripe is investing heavily to diversify its revenue stream. Since 2017, Stripe invested $2B across 40 deals.
While digital payments remain Stripe’s core business, the company has become a one-stop digital financial services company.
Today, Stripe offers three main services:
Online and offline payments.
Clients can use Stripe for a myriad of business purposes, ranging from payroll to payment processing. Over time, this continued expansion into every realm of Fintech will further establish Stripe as an industry leader alongside Paypal and Square.
What will Stripe’s IPO ?share price be
Now for the million-dollar question: what will Stripe’s IPO share price be?
Stripe is currently valued at $95B.
If, as reported, Stripe plans to issue approximately 1.05B shares, the expected IPO price will hover around $90. However, as interest increases, the price of shares on the public markets may rise well beyond this initial price target.
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