Dating App Bumble Aims for $8 Billion Value After IPO Boost
The website home screen for Bumble is displayed on a smartphone. (Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg)

Dating App Bumble Aims for $8 Billion Value After IPO Boost

Bumble Inc., the dating app where women make the first move, is targeting to raise as much as $1.8 billion from its U.S. initial public offering after boosting the size of the deal.

The company plans to sell 45 million shares for $37 to $39 apiece, it said in a filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Bumble previously indicated it would look to sell 34.5 million shares at $28 to $30.

At the top of the new range, the IPO would value Bumble at about $8 billion, based on the outstanding Class A shares detailed in its listing document. Private equity firm the Blackstone Group Inc. took a majority stake in Bumble’s parent company in 2019, in a transaction that valued it at $3 billion.

Austin, Texas-based Bumble was founded in 2014 by Chief Executive Officer Whitney Wolfe Herd. It plans for its shares to begin trading on Feb. 11, the Thursday before Valentine’s Day, Bloomberg News has previously reported.

The offering is being led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc., Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Bumble plans to list its shares on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol BMBL.

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