What did Amazon look like back then, and if you could go back in time, could you convince yourself to bet the house on the tiny company? What can we see in their numbers that might help us better understand later offerings?
Before Alexa, Prime, and reasonably quick internet, Amazon filed to go public. Back then, Amazon was a simpler entity. The worldwide book industry is large, growing and relatively fragmented. According to Euromonitor, U. Back in , Amazon was tiny, with just employees listed at the end of its most-recently completed quarter. That figure, however, was up from 11 in the fourth quarter of But despite its modest employee scale, and its tailored industry focus, Amazon successfully went public at a young age.
While many companies spent dot-com money on comically silly things, when Amazon went public it was a surprisingly efficient shop. Here, in screenshot form, are its performance notes from its S Returning to our point concerning efficiency, Amazon did lose more money in than it did in And during its period of hyper-growth to boot. That Amazon was so not-unprofitable at its then-young age at that particular pace of growth is impressive. The company was certainly riding a secular shift in the economy toward digital commerce, but the company, at the time of its IPO, was in solid shape.
Or, more simply, in the quarter before its IPO, Amazon posted more revenue than it had in the preceding year. Demand from retail investors significantly exceeded our initial expectations and, as a result, AS DelfinGroup IPO has been the largest in the history of Latvia in terms of the number of investors participating. Activity of institutional investors was lower than we initially anticipated, which could be explained by other sizeable deals on Baltic's stock exchanges.
AS DelfinGroup new shareholders may expect their first returns on their investment already in December this year, when AS DelfinGroup plans to pay the next quarterly dividend. We expect that the capital raised will allow the company to successfully refinance the liabilities on more favorable terms and, going forward, attract funding with a significantly lower interest rates, as well as continue to grow our business volumes and profitability in line with the announced plans.
It would appear that this autumn has been the most active period in the history of Baltic capital markets and the company had to compete with three other public offerings all from Estonia. The level of financial literacy in Estonia is clearly the highest in the Baltics and active investing in securities there is quite common. The company's field of activity will also provide an investor with a rather special opportunity to invest in the theme of Latvia's macroeconomic story, as its activities are closely related to the consumer.
Today, from the supervisory board perspective, our main priorities are to increase the value of AS DelfinGroup for the benefit of all shareholders, by ensuring the best strategy for growth, risk governance, and ESG. In total, investors subscribed for 5,, new shares and the total number of AS DelfinGroup shares now will be 45,, About AS DelfinGroup. The company continuously develops and offers consumer and pawn loans, loans developed for senior citizens, Buy now pay later loans BNPL loans , as well as sale of pre-owned goods both online and at more than 90 branches across Latvia.
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Thank you for your interest in the IPO of Ignitis Group! In accordance with legal requirements, the information about the initial public offering (IPO) is. AS DelfinGroup initial public offering (IPO) on Nasdaq Riga successfully closes. In total 5, investors participated, including Renaissance IPO ETF. 42,69 $. IPO 2,93% ; First Trust International Equity Opportunities ETF. 48,51 $. FPXI 2,04% ; First Trust US Equity Opportunities ETF.