Warehouse Robotics Company AutoStore Targets $10B IPO: Bloomberg

  • Norwegian warehouse robotics company, AutoStore, is exploring an initial public offering that could value it over $10 billion, Bloomberg reported.
  • It is working with Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on the IPO.
  • AutoStore is leaning toward listing on a European exchange, though the venue is not confirmed.
  • Nedre Vats’s AutoStore provides robots used in the storing and retrieval of goods in warehouses. It specializes in cube storage automation. The technology has a presence at over 600 sites in 35 countries.
  • Private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners acquired the company in 2019. In April, SoftBank Group Corp SFTBY SFTBF acquired a 40% stake in AutoStore in a deal that valued the company at $7.7 billion, including debt.
  • Thomas H. Lee will continue to be AutoStore’s largest shareholder after an IPO.
  • SoftBank-backed firm South Korea’s Coupang Inc CPNG rose 41% in its March IPO debut. It is still trading 8% above the offer price.
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