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Lemonade raises US$319m in IPO

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INSURANCE startup Lemonade Inc, which is backed by SoftBank Group Corp, said it raised US$319 million in its US initial public offering (IPO).

Lemonade is the latest company to capitalise on the sharp recovery in US investor appetite for new stocks following the coronavirus outbreak.

On Tuesday, US business analytics firm Dun & Bradstreet Holdings Inc raised US$1.7 billion in its IPO after it sold more stock than expected and at a price above its indicated range.

Lemonade priced 11 million shares at US$29 per share, the company said in a statement.

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The indicated price range earlier on Wednesday was raised to between US$26 and US$28 per share. Lemonade had previously guided for the offering to be priced between US$23 and US$26 per share.

The IPO values Lemonade at US$1.6 billion. That is less than the US$2.1 billion it was valued at last year, after it raised US$300 million in a funding round led by Japan's SoftBank and which included insurer Allianz SE and Alphabet Inc's venture capital arm GV.

Lemonade has pursued breakneck revenue growth at the expense of widening losses. SoftBank owns a 27.3 per cent stake in Lemonade.

Lemonade, started in late 2016, says it has digitised the entire insurance process, replacing brokers and paperwork with algorithms. It says it provides insurance policies to homeowners and renters in as little as 90 seconds and claim payments in three minutes.

The company was set to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "LMND" on Thursday. Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Allen & Co and Barclays are the managing bookrunners for the offering. REUTERS

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