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French music service Deezer flops at stock market debut

French music service Deezer flops at stock market debut
French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire (C) attends the Deezer's listing ring the ball ceremony on the Pan-European stock exchange Euronext at Euronext headquarters in La Defense business district near Paris on July 5, 2022. (Photo by Eric PIERMONT / AFP)

Seven years after its aborted flotation, French music streaming platform Deezer, a rival to US giant Spotify, failed to attract much investor interest at its stock market debut on Tuesday, when shares slumped heavily in early trading.

At 0745 GMT, Deezer’s shares were showing a loss of 13.5 per cent at 7.35 euros on the Paris stock exchange, while the overall market was up by just over 0.1 per cent.

Deezer and its rivals such as market leader Spotify, but also Apple Music, Amazon and Tencent, have shifted the focus away from buying and downloading tracks to listening online to songs stored remotely.

Deezer announced plans for a stock market listing in April in a deal valuing the business at just over 1.0 billion euros ($1.04 billion), and set up a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC), 12PO, for the deal.

In 2015, Deezer had to postpone its plans for an initial public offering due to unfavourable market conditions.

AFP

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