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Sept 19 (Reuters) – Shares of Instacart (CART.O) closed up 12% in their Nasdaq debut on Tuesday, but jumped as much as 43% intraday, days after SoftBank’s arm Holdings made a stellar debut on Wall Street. Failed to achieve. ,

The IPO of San Francisco-based Instacart, which is incorporated as MapleBear Inc., was priced at the top of the $28 to $30 price range, raising a total of $660 million, of which $237 million will go to investors who placed their Shares were sold. Proposal.

The IPO gave Instacart a valuation of about $9.9 billion, a fraction of the $39 billion raised in the company’s last funding round, in 2021.

The stock closed at $33.70 after reaching a high of $42.95.

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Valuations of many startups have declined since 2022 as inflation, geopolitical tensions and sharp rate hikes by the Federal Reserve have worsened the economic environment.

Investors had speculated that Instacart’s debut, along with that of chip designer Arm and Rezabio (RYZBO.O) last week, could encourage other startups to test the waters and potentially IPO after a nearly 18-month drought. The market could revive, albeit at lower valuations than during the euphoria of 2020 and 2021.

B. “One of the biggest hurdles in bringing companies forward was that founders came to the fact that they needed to value these things in reality, not their ultimate equity,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Relay. For growth.” Property.

But the lackluster reception to Pneumora Therapeutics’ (NMRA.O) IPO last week suggested limited investor enthusiasm for the new listing.

Arm surged on its first day of trading but has fallen every day since. Following Tuesday’s 4.9% decline, Arm is now down 13% from the closing price on its first day of trading, and remains about 8% above its $51 IPO price.

Analysis of LSEG data shows that as of September 8, the 10 largest US IPOs of the past four years were down an average of 47% from the closing price on the first day of trading.

The launch comes nearly three years after Instacart began preparing to go public, which has included some significant moments since the company debuted on the Nasdaq.

Its core business turned profitable in 2022, and the trend continued in the first six months of 2023, the company disclosed in its regulatory filing last month.

In 2021, its co-founder Apoorva Mehta stepped down after seven years at the helm and Meta (META.O) named former Facebook app head Fidji Simo as its CEO.

Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan are the lead underwriters of Instacart’s IPO.

Reporting by Niket Nishant in Bengaluru and Noel Randewich in Oakland, California; Editing by Devika Shyamnath, Anil D’Silva and Nick Zieminski and Richard Chang

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Niket Nishant reports on breaking news and quarterly earnings from Wall Street’s biggest banks, card companies, fintech upstarts and asset managers. He covers the largest IPOs on US exchanges and news and regulatory developments in the cryptocurrency industry, as well as late-stage venture capital funding. His writings appear on the Finance, Business, Markets and the Future of Money section of the website. He did his post-graduation from the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) in Bengaluru.

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