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September 28, 2021

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Kakao looks to join W100tr club with financial subsidiaries’ IPOs

  • PUBLISHED :July 25, 2021 - 17:38
  • UPDATED :July 25, 2021 - 17:38
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The combined market capitalization of Kakao and its affiliates is anticipated to reach 100 trillion won ($86.8 billion), as South Korea’s fifth-largest business group’s two financial subsidiaries ready themselves for initial public offerings.

As of July 23’s closing bell, the mobile messenger giant and its two listed affiliates, Kakao Games and Neptune, marked an aggregate market cap of 74.84 trillion won, according to the Korea Exchange on July 25. Of that total, Kakao’s value stood at 66.45 trillion won while Kakao Games came to 7.49 trillion won, backed by a recent stock surge. Neptune’s market value recorded 903.8 billion won.

The accumulated valuation of the three Kakao firms suggests the group could follow the country’s four biggest conglomerates into the 100 trillion won club. Samsung Group is worth 753.7 trillion won, SK Group 212.33 trillion won, LG Group 153.25 trillion won and Hyundai Motor Group 149.31 trillion won.

KakaoBank’s Kospi market debut is slated for Aug. 6, with Kakao’s valuation expected to surpass 92 trillion won after the online banking unit’s listing. Although Kakao Pay’s anticipated summer IPO process has been delayed due to a problem with its prospectus, market insiders forecast the company’s valuation after listing to reach some 12.55 trillion won.

As of the end of 2019, Kakao Group’s market value came in at 13.24 trillion won, positioning it as the 13th-largest business group here. But the affiliates’ stock prices spiked, backed by the fast-growing demand for contactless service during the pandemic. As a result, the nation’s tech giant emerged as the country’s fifth-largest conglomerate in terms of market cap in just a year and a half.

By Jie Ye-eun (yeeun@heraldcorp.com)

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