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This article was published on July 29, 2021

Robinhood sets its share price at $38 a pop

A total of 55,000,000 shares on offer

Robinhood sets its share price at $38 a pop
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Online trading company Robinhood is set for its initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange later today. The company has listed its share price at $38, marking the firm for a $32 billion valuation.

Robinhood is offering a total of 55,000,000 shares of its class A common stock. Apart from stocks from the company, this lot also contains 2,625,000 shares from existing shareholders, and 5,500,000 for underwriters with a 30-day option. 

In May, the company unveiled a new platform to let you can buy into IPOs of other firms. Robinhood plans to offer almost a third of its own IPO shares to its users through that medium.

One of the most controversial moments for the company came in earlier this year, when it had to stop trading Gamestop stocks briefly, after a bunch of Redditors caused its price to surge. This invited a lot of scrutiny from the US politicians concerned with abusive financial practices, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz.

Robinhood also had to face a $70 million fine for different outages and misleading its customers about trading margins in June.

Apart from the controversies, the firm has had a blockbuster year, as its users have surged from 11.7 million users in December to 23.1 million users in June.

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