The technology and software sector continues to be a goldmine for the world’s biggest and best performing private equity firms. Add KKR & Co., cofounded by billionaires Henry Kravis and George Roberts, to the list of mega-firms set to mine one of its great dealmaking coups in the tech sector.
AppLovin, a pioneering maker of software for mobile gaming application developers, is poised to go public at a valuation of about $30 billion, according to a report from Reuters. AppLovin has set its IPO range at between $75 a share and $85 a share, and is looking to raise $2 billion by selling 25 million shares.
For KKR, which invested $400 million into Applovin in July 2018 out of its flagship KKR Americas XII Fund, the looming IPO will yield a home run investment. According to AppLovin’s S-1 filing, KKR’s funds hold over 110 million AppLovin shares. An IPO at the midpoint of AppLovin’s range would create an investment worth over $8 billion. That should yield an astronomical investment rate of return for KKR, which harkens back to the glory days of the buyout industry.
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