AutoStore inventory surges throughout debut on Oslo Inventory Alternate



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AutoStore, a 2021 RBR50 Robotics Innovation Award Winner, made its debut this morning on Euronext’s Oslo Inventory Alternate. The Norwegian robotics agency priced its preliminary public providing (IPO) at 31 Norwegian crowns per share, which valued the corporate at 103.5 billion crowns ($12.4 billion).
Shortly after buying and selling began Wednesday morning, AutoStore’s shares had been up 8.1% to 33.5 crowns. Based on Reuters, AutoStore is Norway’s greatest IPO in 20 years. Statoil, which is now often known as Equinor, was valued at 151 billion crowns on the time of its IPO in 2001.
“The cash we get from the IPO will probably be used primarily to deleverage the debt to a degree that’s extra regular for a public firm,” AutoStore CEO Karl Johan Lier advised Reuters.
Based in 1996, AutoStore has 20,000 robots deployed throughout greater than 35 nations to automate warehouses. The corporate, whose prospects embody ASDA, Gucci and Lufthansa, develops an automatic storage and retrieval system (ASRS) that it claims permits prospects to retailer 4 instances the stock in the identical house.

SoftBank purchased a 40% stake in AutoStore in April 2021 for $2.8 billion. On the time, this deal valued AutoStore at about $7 billion. SoftBank didn’t promote inventory within the IPO.
“SoftBank is an excellent companion, prepared to assist us drive extra consideration within the APAC area … they’ve a big community of firms that may doubtlessly be AutoStore prospects so we see quite a lot of potential with the connection,” Lier stated.
AutoStore generated internet income of $182.1 million in 2020 and expects income of about $300 million in 2021. It expects that to rise to greater than $500 million in 2022 with a challenge pipeline price $3.4 billion throughout 2,000 initiatives.
AutoStore and competitor Ocado are engaged in a patent infringement lawsuit. AutoStore sued Ocado in October 2020, alleging its AS/RS system and robots are the muse on which Ocado’s Sensible Platform was constructed and on which Ocado’s enterprise as we speak is predicated.
Mike Demko, head of AutoStore’s micro-fulfillment middle enterprise line, was a latest visitor on The Robotic Report Podcast. You may take heed to that episode of the podcast beneath.