Update 1/31 02:39 PT:
Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton has responded to our queries and has confirmed that Raspberry Pi has retained Peel Hunt and Jefferies to help prepare for an IPO when the market is ready. Right now there is no target valuation or a firm date.
Upton also states that "we believe that London is the natural listing location for a company like Raspberry Pi, and that it wouldn't be an impediment to attracting US (or other international) investment, provided we're prepared to do the work to educate foreign investors"
We asked if the IPO would have any influence over the direction of Raspberry Pi products and business? Upton responded "If we do IPO at some point, I don't anticipate any changes to what Raspberry Pi Ltd does. Regardless, we're going to keep doing good engineering, designing the sorts of products we'd like to buy ourselves, and selling them to people (and companies) like us. Of course the Foundation would be able to use any money raised to do what it does at an even larger scale, which would be a great outcome."
Riding on the success of its latest flagship Raspberry Pi 5, it seems that Raspberry Pi, valued at around $560 million, is preparing an IPO (Initial Public Offering) via bankers from Peel Hunt and Jefferies, as reported by Bloomberg.
It is still early days, but Raspberry Pi is in the preliminary stages of listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Raspberry Pi has previously considered an IPO. Way back in 2021, we reported on a possible Spring 2022 listing, which saw Raspberry Pi valued at around $493 million. That listing never came to be, and since then, Raspberry Pi has raised money from both Arm Holdings Plc and Sony Group Corp (semiconductor division). Arm, of course, is the source of the Arm CPUs used in all models of Raspberry Pi. The Sony connection stems from a minority stake investment announced in April 2023. The investment was made with a "view to forming a strategic collaborative Edge AI development framework." Sony is also responsible for the manufacture of Raspberry Pi boards and products in Pencoed, South Wales.
Listing the company on the LSE doesn't mean that US investors will not find the company. In an interview with Bloomberg, Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton talks of conversations with fund managers and has come to the understanding that there is no compelling reason that he is aware of that keeps London-listed firms from accessing American money. The London listing could be seen as a win for UK capital after many companies migrated to the US.
What does this mean for the future of the Raspberry Pi? At a financial level, it means that Raspberry Pi LTD, a private company, will make its shares available for public purchase. So keen Raspberry Pi fans could get themselves a slice of Raspberry Pi.
At a product level, it means that there could be more money invested into the company, which could see more products being released. The recently released Raspberry Pi 5, the first flagship model since the Raspberry Pi 4 in 2019 (the longest ever wait between Raspberry Pi models) is riding high on its success. The success of the Raspberry Pi 5 and the possibility of more investment means that we could see new products sooner rather than later.
We have reached out to Eben Upton for comment and this story will be updated once we have it.
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It also means your company becomes beholden to the shareholders.Reply
Profit above all else.
It just means less money going to r&d, and money leaving the company to the shareholders.
There may be initial inflow of money, but the shareholders will want that back, and then some.
Start counting the minutes until foreign ownership. The reason England can't get a grip on its economy, is it has been sold by the public school kleptocrates to the highest bidder, friend or enemy, for that big Roller or an empty title.Reply
ARM used to be a good company before they care about profit. Raspberry is going to the same route. Other SBC's like Orange Pi i5 s looking much better than the Raspberry Pi 5. Another reason why I am not buying Raspberry Pi's anymore.georgebaker437 said:Start counting the minutes until foreign ownership. The reason England can't get a grip on its economy, is it has been sold by the public school kleptocrates to the highest bidder, friend or enemy, for that big Roller or an empty title.