Instacart, known as Maplebear Inc., started its journey on Wall Street with an impressive performance on Tuesday. The popular grocery-delivery app witnessed a significant surge as its stock opened 40% higher than the initial public offering (IPO) price. The company confirmed on Monday that it had priced its IPO at $30 per share, which was at the top end of the expected range.
The first trade took place at 12:49 p.m. Eastern, with a price of $42.00 for 2.59 million shares. This translates to a valuation of $14.2 billion for Instacart, considering 338.8 million fully diluted shares outstanding post-IPO. Although the stock has slightly dipped since its initial surge, it still remains up by 38.9%.
Instacart’s decision to go public comes at a time when investor interest in IPOs has faced a decline compared to the broader stock market. Over the past three months, the Renaissance IPO ETF has experienced a 1.4% decline, while the S&P 500 has seen a modest 0.2% increase. Despite this challenging market environment, Instacart’s impressive debut is a testament to its strong reputation and potential for growth.
The future looks promising for Instacart as it embarks on this new chapter as a publicly traded company on Wall Street.