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Moonpig stock soars amid appetite for UK IPOs

Online greeting card company Moonpig went public on the London Stock Exchange at a £1.2 billion valuation, continuing a resurgence in the public markets post-Brexit.

Moonpig's IPO is the second-largest in the UK so far this year.
(Courtesy of Moonpig)

Online greeting card company Moonpig‘s stock jump 25.7% in its stock market debut, continuing the resurgence of the UK’s IPO market.

The London-based company priced its shares at 350 pence each, valuing it at £1.2 billion (around $1.6 billion), and the stock opened at 440 pence. Moonpig raised £20 million in the offering, while existing shareholders, including Exponent Private Equity, sold 134.6 million shares worth over £491 million.

Moonpig’s IPO is London’s second-largest this year, following Permira-backed shoe brand Dr. Martens, which went public on Jan. 29 with a market cap of around £3.7 billion. Since then, the company’s shares have climbed more than 20%.

“The excess liquidity theme has been buoyed by an unprecedented fiscal-monetary cocktail, and equity investors’ willingness to pay for growth, especially for tech-enabled assets,” said Dominick Mondesir, a private capital analyst at PitchBook.

“The successful trading debuts of Moonpig and Dr. Martens will encourage more private companies to tap the UK’s public markets for liquidity. We expect activity will only continue to gain traction in this favorable environment,” Mondesir added.

Several high-profile listings are expected to be in the pipeline this year, including TransferWise and Deliveroo, as well as BrewDog and cybersecurity business Darktrace.

The UK has been working hard to entice more public-market listings in the wake of Brexit. Last year the government announced that it would review the rules around IPOs, including the possible allowance of dual-class share structures and giving founders more influence over their companies upon listing.

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    Written by Leah Hodgson
    Leah Hodgson is a London-based senior reporter for PitchBook covering venture capital across Europe and the Middle East. Leah graduated from the University of Surrey with a BA in international politics with French. She has previously been a radio reporter in France. She later turned to financial journalism, covering the wealth management industry. She joined PitchBook in 2018.
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