Is the Spotify IPO Happening in 2017?

The Spotify IPO will use a unique strategy that has retail investors excited, but we've found a backdoor way to profit from the music-streaming company...

Spotify will list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), according to a May 12 Fortune report, but we don't know if it will happen this year.

However, we do know Spotify has a unique plan for its IPO.

Spotify IPO

Today, we're going to tell you everything you need to know about Spotify and its unusual IPO strategy. We'll also share how to profit ahead of the public offering.

First, here's how the music-streaming site works...

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Spotify is a Swedish streaming music service that was founded in 2006. The Spotify app streams music, podcasts, and video from media companies and record labels.

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The app provides basic services for free, but a paid subscription has more advanced and expanded features. Spotify Premium costs $9.99 per month and allows users to download music, skip as many songs as they want, and it's commercial free.

The company generates income through its subscription plans and by selling advertising to third parties.


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But despite its popularity, Spotify still isn't turning a profit. Between 2013 and 2015, the company's net losses actually accelerated. In 2015, the company lost its all-time high figure of $173 million.

The music-streaming site has not provided revenue totals for 2016.

Now that you know how Spotify operates, here's more details on its unusual public offering strategy...

How Spotify's IPO Will Be Different Than Other IPOs

Spotify will be using a direct listing for its IPO instead of using underwriters to help sell the stock.

When most companies go public, they hire big banks to underwrite their IPOs and lead them through the process. This helps the company set a price and find interested buyers before it lists on an exchange, but it's also costly.

For example, Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) went public on March 2, 2017. By the time the company's Q2 financials were released, we learned SNAP spent a whopping $2 billion connected to its IPO.

But what makes a direct listing so unique - and interesting to retail investors - is it eliminates the special IPO offering price only available to hedge funds and large investment firms.

Before retail investors could buy shares of Snap, big banks, hedge funds, and well-connected investors were able to buy shares at $17, the Snap IPO offering price set by its underwriters.

Retail investors had to wait until the market opened to buy the stock, which was instantly priced at $24 per share. A direct listing means that every investor will be able to buy the stock at the same price on the day it opens. This gives retail investors the same opportunity as the hedge funds.

But even if this seems like a "level playing field," we recommend Money Morning readers avoid buying Spotify stock. Spotify still isn't a profitable company, and a company's stock price after an IPO can have volatile price swings.

However, we do have a backdoor strategy that lets you profit off of Spotify without owning a single share. You see, Spotify has a supplier that it needs to pay to keep its business operating.

So no matter what happens with the Spotify stock price, this supplier is still going to profit from the music streamer.

And if you own this backdoor investment, you could profit from Spotify without taking a risk on an IPO...

Profit from Spotify's Success Now with This One Investment

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In California, there's a little-known company called Hortonworks Inc. (Nasdaq: HDP) that is one of Spotify's major suppliers for data management. With a market cap just over $1 billion, most investors haven't heard of this tech company.

But that's okay - it means Money Morning readers will be the ones who could profit the most.

Hortonworks creates, distributes, and supports enterprise data management software solutions. The Hortonworks Data Platform allows its customers to collect, store, process, and analyze existing data.

And because of its expertise, Hortonworks has an impressive client list that includes Bloomberg, eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY), and Expedia Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE).

As of September 2017, 73% of the analysts covering HDP recommend it as a buy. That's up 10% from the 63% of analysts who recommended it as a buy in May 2017.

Now, if you listened when we first brought HDP to the attention of Money Morning readers on May 19, you could have made a profit of 35%. In comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has climbed just 5.61% in that time.

But the good news is there's still time to net even more gains.

Asset management firm Needham has a one-year price target of $25 per share, which means HDP shareholders could profit as much as 44.92% in the next 12 months.

The Bottom Line: Through a direct listing, the Spotify IPO creates an even playing field for all investors. There will not be a preset price that gives a discount to wealthy insiders. However, we still don't recommend owning shares of Spotify because the company hasn't proven it can be profitable. Instead, the better investment is to own shares of Spotify's data management provider, Hortonworks.

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