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MOSCOW: Russian online retailer Ozon is looking to raise nearly $1.0 billion in a US initial public offering (IPO), according to regulatory paperwork filed Tuesday. The online giant, which reported growth of 142 percent year-on-year in the first nine months of 2020, is aiming to capitalise on the boom in e-commerce during coronavirus lockdowns. According to a prospectus submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Russian retailer will be issuing 34.5 million American depositary shares (ADS) on the Nasdaq stock exchange at between $22.50 and $27.50.

Ozon’s main shareholders — the Baring Vostok investment fund and Sistema, a conglomerate controlled by businessman Vladimir Yevtushenkov — will be purchasing additional shares worth $135 million.

The e-commerce giant — frequently dubbed Russia’s Amazon — said it could raise as much as $948.8 million, according to the prospectus.

A report by the independent Russian news website The Bell suggested that the company could be valued at up to $5.5 billion, a figure at the higher end of initial predictions by the Wall Street Journal. Although the date of the IPO has not been set, Forbes Russia reported that it could take place next week. Ozon is also considering a listing on the Moscow stock exchange. On Tuesday, Ozon confirmed that it had settled an undisclosed corporate dispute with Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, for $1.0 billion roubles ($13.2 million).—AFP