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Russian online retailer Ozon eyes nearly 1 billion in US IPO


18 Nov 2020

Russian online retailer Ozon is looking to raise nearly 1.0 billion dollars in a US initial public offering (IPO), according to regulatory paperwork filed Tuesday.

The online giant, which reported growth of 142 percent year-on-year in the first nine months of 2020, is aiming to capitalise on the boom in e-commerce during coronavirus lockdowns.

According to a prospectus submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Russian retailer will be issuing 34.5 million American depositary shares (ADS) on the Nasdaq stock exchange at between 22.50 and 27.50 dollars.

Ozon's main shareholders -- the Baring Vostok investment fund and Sistema, a conglomerate controlled by businessman Vladimir Yevtushenkov -- will be purchasing additional shares worth 135 million dollars.

The e-commerce giant -- frequently dubbed Russia's Amazon -- said it could raise as much as 948.8 million dollars according to the prospectus.

A report by the independent Russian news website The Bell suggested that the company could be valued at up to 5.5 billion dollars, a figure at the higher end of initial predictions by the Wall Street Journal.

Although the date of the IPO has not been set, Forbes Russia reported that it could take place next week.

Ozon is also considering a listing on the Moscow stock exchange.

On Tuesday, Ozon confirmed that it had settled an undisclosed corporate dispute with Sberbank, Russia's largest bank, for $.0 billion roubles (13.2 million dollars).

The fast-growing online retailer will be one of the few Russian companies to get a listing on international stock markets in recent decades.

Russia's e-commerce market has experience booming sales in recent years and a number of large groups, including Sberbank and China's Alibaba, have tried to move into the market by teaming up with local internet giants Yandex and Mail.ru.(AFP)