LINE IPO raises $1.1 billion


After putting its IPO plans on hold during the last two years, Japanese messaging service LINE finally had a successful debut on the New York Stock Exchange last week, raising $1.1 billion. This values the company at around $7 billion. Although LINE is not well-known in the US, the company enjoys massive popularity in Japan. Its messaging service was launched in the aftermath of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011 to give people a reliable means of communication amidst damaged phone infrastructure nationwide. LINE quickly gained a following of more than 50 million people after its launch. Today, it has more users than Facebook or Twitter in Japan. LINE’s headquarters is in Tokyo, but the majority of the company is owned by Naver Corp., which is South Korea’s biggest search engine.

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