SoftBank-backed Coupang valued at $109 billion in blockbuster debut

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Delivery trucks for e-commerce retailer Coupang leave a distribution centre in Seoul

(Reuters) – Shares of SoftBank Group Corp-backed Coupang soared more than 81% in their stock market debut on Thursday, valuing the South Korean e-commerce giant at $109 billion.

Stock opened at $63.5, compared to the raised offer price of $35 per share which fetched around $4.6 billion for Coupang, in the biggest U.S. initial public offering this year.

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