Oatly, the popular alternative milk company backed by Oprah, could go public this year amid red-hot IPO market – Business Insider


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  • Oatly, the popular alternative milk company that’s backed by Oprah, Natalie Portman, and Blackstone, could go public this year, CNBC reported on Tuesday.
  • The move to go public would come amid a red-hot IPO market that saw strong debuts for high-profile unicorns like Airbnb and DoorDash.
  • The Sweden-based company raised $200 million at a $2 billion valuation last July and has seen a surge in popularity ever since it entered the US market in 2017.
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Oatly could go public this year amid a red-hot IPO market, CNBC reported on Tuesday.

Oatly sells oat milk, an alternative milk that has taken off with coffee shops and millennials in recent years. The Sweden-based company has seen a surge in business ever since it entered the US market in 2017. Oatly recorded $200 million in sales in 2019, and expected to double that figure to $400 million in 2020 and be profitable by 2021, according to a report from Mergermarket.

Oatly received a $200 million investment from a group of investors last July at a valuation of $2 billion, led by Blackstone, Oprah, Natalie Portman, and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

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According to CNBC, Oatly could raise as much as $1 billion in their public debut. The IPO would come amid a frenzy for IPOs in recent months, with high-profile unicorns like Airbnb and DoorDash being well received by investors in their December debut.

Oatly’s IPO valuation would “depend on the status of the economy in the face of the uncertain Covid pandemic,” CNBC reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Oatly has hired Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, and Credit Suisse to manage the offering, according to CNBC. 



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