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Equity Capital Markets: Chindata, Unity Software Inc and more

By September 14, 2020 No Comments

In today’s briefing:

  • Chindata Group IPO Initiation: Where the Cloud Meets the Ground
  • Unity Software IPO Valuation Analysis

Chindata Group IPO Initiation: Where the Cloud Meets the Ground

By Arun George

Chindata (CD US) is a data centre operator. It is the largest carrier-neutral hyperscale data centre operator in Asia-Pacific emerging markets as measured by capacity in service, with 21.5% market share out of a total market size of 829 MW, according to Frost & Sullivan. Chindata is backed by Bain Capital (57.17% shareholder), APG Strategic Real Estate Pool/Dutch pension funds (10.43%) and SK Holdings (034730 KS) (8.94%). It is seeking to raise up to $800 million (primary and secondary sale) through a Nasdaq IPO, according to press reports. 

The Asia-Pacific hyperscale data centre market is a structural growth market in part due to the increasing prevalence of outsourcing data centre services, rising client demand for higher power density and scalability, and increasing compliance and regulatory requirements on data security. Overall, we think that Chindata is an attractive play on these favourable market dynamics. 

Unity Software IPO Valuation Analysis

By Douglas Kim

Unity Software Inc (U US) plans to complete its IPO in the coming days. The company is seeking to raise $1.05 billion in this IPO selling 25 million shares at $34 to $42 per share. At the high end of the IPO price range, Unity Software would be valued at about $11 billion. Unity Software was valued at about $6 billion in July 2019 in its last round of private funding round so, at the high end of the IPO price range, it would be nearly double its last private market valuation about a year ago.  

Unity Software’s IPO process is using a new bidding process. According to FT, “Prospective institutional investors will be asked how many shares they wish to buy, and at what price, by an online system managed by Goldman Sachs, according to a notice sent out to explain the new process. Investors can place multiple bids at difference prices. Unity will select a price for the offering after the bids are entered, allocating a portion of the shares to all investors who indicated interest above that price level.”

Our valuation analysis suggests an implied market cap of $15.6 billion and a target price of $58.60 per share for Unity Software. The IPO price range is from $34 to $42 per share and assuming the IPO is completed at the high end of the IPO price range, our target price would represent a 39% upside to this level. In fact, given the strong global demand for excellent software and game-related companies, there is a higher probability that Unity Software IPO trades in the mid-high end of our valuation range ($58.60 to $70.90 per share).

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