Online grocery firm Instacart seeks up to $9.3 billion valuation in IPO

Instacart on Monday submitted an updated filing for its upcoming initial public offering, saying it is looking to raise up to $616 million of fresh capital alongside existing shareholders at a valuation of as much as $9.3 billion.

In the filing, Instacart said it is setting an offer price of between $26 and $28 for its IPO. Instacart said it would issue 22 million shares in total, comprising 14.1 million of newly issued shares from the company and 7.9 million shares from selling stockholders. At the higher end of that pricing scale, Instacart will be looking to net roughly $616 million in proceeds.

Instacart looks set to attract a valuation of between $8.6 billion and $9.3 billion. On a fully diluted basis, its share count will total 331 million. That’s including restricted stock units, stock options and warrants.

Instacart previously said that multinational food giant PepsiCo would come on board as an investor in the company, purchasing $175 million of shares in a concurrent private placement. Goldman Sachs, one of the underwriters, will act as an agent in connection with the private placement and receive a fee equal to 1.5% of the total purchase price of shares sold.

Instacart said in its filing that Norges Bank Investment Management, Norway’s massive sovereign wealth fund, had also expressed interest in becoming a cornerstone investor in the firm’s IPO. Alongside TCV, Sequoia Capital, D1 Capital Partners and Valiant Capital Management, the fund would purchase up to roughly $400 million in the offering.

However, underwriters “could determine to sell more, fewer, or no shares to any of the cornerstone investors, and any of the cornerstone investors could determine to purchase more, fewer, or no shares in this offering,” Instacart added.

Instacart files for Nasdaq IPO under 'CART'

Instacart, one of the largest U.S. online grocery delivery firms, will be among the biggest public flotations to take place this year. The company competes with traditional retailers, as well as tech firms like Amazon, DoorDash, GoPuff and Grubhub.

The company’s updated IPO filing comes as British chip design firm Arm prepares for a blockbuster debut that could value it at as much as $52 billion. Last week, Arm said the New York IPO could fetch it up to $4.87 billion in fresh capital.

The debuts will put the IPO market to the test after a yearlong freeze on stock market listings as a result of higher interest rates and rising inflation. Investors are hoping for a good showing from the latest raft of public offerings — but performance will depend heavily on market conditions when the companies actually list.

Clarification: The headline of this story has been updated to clarify the valuation using the total share count on a diluted basis.

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