Candy Crush maker King Digital plans IPO

Last updated 12:22 19/02/2014

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The maker of the blockbuster mobile game Candy Crush Saga will attempt to raise as much as US$500 (NZ$602 million) million in an initial public offering.

King Digital Entertainment PLC, which also makes the game Pet Rescue Saga, did not disclose how many shares are expected to be in the IPO or the projected price range.

King has replaced Zynga, which makes including FarmVille and Mafia Wars, as the Number 1 maker of games played on Facebook, largely due to the success of Candy Crush Saga. The game was the most downloaded free app on both iPhones and iPads in 2013, beating Facebook, Google Maps and YouTube.

There were 93 million users playing the game daily in December, according to the regulatory filing Tuesday. Pet Rescue Saga had 15 million.

King said in its filing that the IPO will include shares offered by the company as well as those offered by existing stockholders.

The Irish company plans to use proceeds from the sale for working capital and other general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions. It won't receive any proceeds from shares offered by the selling stockholders.

In 2013, King reported a profit of US$567.6 million. Its revenue, minus expenses, was US$716 million. In the prior year, the company reported a profit of only US$7.8 million and revenue of US$11.1 million, less expenses.

The company plans to list the stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the "KING" ticker symbol.

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