Before you read the below article, ask yourselves, particularly musicians, Spotify is valued at over 30 billion dollars. A 30 billion dollar company that pays musicians cents per stream. They’re making billions off the backs of musicians. Hopefully, this action will challenge musicians to change the way these streaming services pay, or I should say, throw a penny or two back to the artist.
Spotify lost some of its initial heat in midday trading Tuesday after soaring as much as 28 percent from its reference price in the company’s stock market debut.
The music streaming service is trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SPOT. Unlike a traditional IPO, Spotify conducted a direct listing, meaning no banks underwrote the offering and no price was set ahead of the debut.
The NYSE set a reference price of $132 Monday night based on previous trades on private markets, but ultimately the publicly listed price was based on investor demand.
“Spotify is not raising capital, and our shareholders and employees have been free to buy and sell our stock for years,” CEO Daniel Ek wrote in a blog post-Monday. “So while [Tuesday] puts us on a bigger stage, it doesn’t change who we are, what we are about, or how we operate.”
The company reported nearly $5 billion in revenue for 2017, according to its initial prospectus, though still posted an operating loss of $461.3 million for the year.
Spotify had 71 million paying subscribers and more than 159 million monthly active listeners as of December 2017, positioning the service far ahead of its closest competitor, Apple Music, with just 36 million subscribers.
Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Allen & Company advised Spotify on the offering