Russian Internet company Yandex announced Tuesday the pricing of its Nasdaq initial public offering at $25 per share. Yandex’s $1.3 billion IPO is higher than expected, after the company priced the offer at the top end of a revised range. Yandex is backed by private equity firm Baring Vostock, which owns roughly 40% of the company. The Class A ordinary shares will begin trading today under the symbol “YNDX.”
Yandex N.V. today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 52,174,088 Class A ordinary shares at $25.00 per share. The Class A ordinary shares will begin trading today on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “YNDX”.
Yandex is selling 15,400,000 shares and certain of its shareholders are selling an aggregate of 36,774,088 shares. In addition, Yandex and the selling shareholders have granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase, in aggregate, up to an additional 5,217,405 shares to cover over-allotments, if any, at the initial public offering price.
Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated acted as sole global coordinator for the offering. Morgan Stanley and Co. Incorporated, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as joint bookrunners. Piper Jaffray & Co. and Pacific Crest Securities LLC acted as co-managers.
The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from the offices of Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, Attn: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10014, by telephone at: 1-866-718-1649 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; from Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Attn: Prospectus Department, 100 Plaza One, Jersey City, NJ 07311, by telephone at: 1-800-503-4611 or by email at email@example.com; or from Goldman, Sachs & Co., Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282, by telephone at: 1-866-471-2526 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with, and declared effective by, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. A copy of the registration statement can be accessed through the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities, in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
This announcement is not an offer, or an invitation to make offers, sell, purchase, exchange or transfer any securities in Russia or to or for the benefit of any Russian person, and does not constitute an advertisement or offering to non-qualified investors of any securities in Russia. The securities have not been and will not be registered in Russia or admitted to public placement and/or public circulation in Russia. The prospectus cannot be provided to any person in the Russian Federation who is not a “qualified investor”. The securities are not intended for “placement” or “circulation” in Russia except as permitted by Russian law.
Yandex is the leading internet company in Russia, operating the most popular search engine and the most visited website. In 2010, we generated 64% of all search traffic in Russia and we were the largest Russian internet company by revenue. In March 2011, our yandex.ru website attracted 38.3 million unique visitors. We also operate in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus. Our mission is to answer any question internet users may have. Yandex N.V. is registered in the Netherlands. Yandex LLC, our principal operating subsidiary, is registered in Russia and headquartered in Moscow.