Fitbit sets stock offer share price

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Published: Thursday 18th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Fitness-tracking device maker Fitbit has priced its initial public offering of stock at 20 dollars (£12.65) per share, slightly more than anticipated.

The pricing marks the final step before Fitbit’s stock begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FIT. The San Francisco company will debut with a market value of about four billion dollars (£2.5bn).

Fitbit sold 22.4 million shares, raising 448 million dollars (£283m). Fitbit’s stockholders sold another 14.2 million shares, worth about 284 million dollars (£180m).

Fitbit makes devices that can be worn on the wrist or clipped to clothing to monitor daily steps, calories burned, and grab other data.

The company said it sold 10.9 million devices last year to nearly triple its annual revenue to 745 million dollars (£471m). It posed a profit of 38.5 million (£24.3m).

Earlier this week, the company said it expected the IPO to price at up to 19 dollars per share.

Market research company CCS Insight says it thinks 24 million fitness trackers will be shipped in the US this year, and it expects that number to double in 2018.

Popular activity trackers include Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike, Xaomi and Garmin, and the Apple Watch also includes some related features. Even Swarovski has got in on the act, making jewel-encrusted bands for a company called Misfit.

Jawbone has sued Fitbit twice recently. In May, it said Fitbit and a group of employees who quit Jawbone to work for Fitbit stole trade secrets, business plans, market research, and other information.

Earlier this month, Jawbone said essentially all of Fitbit’s products violated patents belonging to Jawbone and asked the court to stop Fitbit from making and selling those products.

Fitbit says it will defend itself against both lawsuits.

Published: Thursday 18th June 2015 by The News Editor

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