Spotify investors, observers mull benefits of direct listing versus the risks

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The logo of online music streaming service Spotify is reflected in an audio music CD in this illustration picture taken in Strasbourg, February 18, 2014. Spotify is recruiting a U.S. financial reporting specialist, adding to speculation that the Swedish start-up is preparing for a share listing, which one banker said could value the firm at as much as $8 billion. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS ENTERTAINMENT LOGO)
Spotify’s unconventional direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange (SPOT) means that private investors can cash out without their shares being diluted, and with less of the offering proceeds going to underwriter fees. But it’s unclear whether benefits like those ...

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