Online clothing reseller Poshmark jumps more than 130% as it begins trading

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Shares of online clothing reseller Poshmark popped more than 130% in the company’s market debut Thursday.

The stock began trading at $97.50 per share. On Wednesday, Poshmark priced its IPO at $42 a share, giving it an initial valuation of more than $3 billion.

The company previously said it expected to sell shares at between $35 and $39. It was valued at nearly $600 million in its last round, a series D in November 2017.

Poshmark, founded in 2011, is an internet marketplace for second-hand clothing shoes and accessories. Like eBay and Etsy, Poshmark connects buyers with sellers, who often list items from their own closet. Poshmark makes money by taking a cut of every transaction.

The company is going public at a time when the 2021 IPO market is heating up. Payments company Affirm skyrocketed nearly 100% in its market debut on Wednesday. Pet supply retailer Petco Health and Wellness and online gaming company Playtika are also slated to go public on Thursday.

Poshmark filed to go public in December. In its IPO prospectus, Poshmark said it has benefited from a flood of demand generated by the coronavirus, as stuck-at-home shoppers continue to turn to online retailers for essential and non-essential goods. The marketplace has served as a source of additional income for Poshmark’s 4.5 million sellers, the company said.

Poshmark brought in $192.8 million in revenue in the first three quarters of 2020, an increase of 28% from the same period last year, according to its S-1. The company also revealed it turned a profit of $20.9 million over that stretch, after losing $33.9 million a year ago.

The company now counts 6.2 million active buyers and 31.7 million active users, the majority of which are female and either millennials or Gen Z. It lists AmazoneBayEtsyFacebookShopify, TJ Maxx and Walmart among its competitors.

Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are leading the offering.

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