Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest cashes in on Roblox share surge

FILE PHOTO: Cathie Wood, founder and CEO of ARK Investment Management LLC, speaks during the Skybridge Capital SALT New York 2021 conference in New York
FILE PHOTO: Cathie Wood, founder and CEO of ARK Investment Management LLC, speaks during the Skybridge Capital SALT New York 2021 conference in New York City, U.S., September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo/File Photo

November 10, 2021

By Medha Singh and Tiyashi Datta

(Reuters) – Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest has sold some Roblox stock, cashing in on its 42% jump on Tuesday following the gaming company’s strong quarterly results.

The asset manager said it had offloaded 82,267 Roblox shares – worth about $9 million based on the stock’s Tuesday closing price – from its ARK Next Generation Internet ETF portfolio.

The surge helped the company more than double its stock price to $109.52 since its market debut in March, while adding $18.7 billion to its market capitalization.

Shares of Roblox, which describes itself as a metaverse company, slipped about 4% in premarket trading on Wednesday.

Founded in 2004, the company has worked for a decade to build a virtual platform – or the new buzzword in the tech world called metaverse – where its users can interact and play games.

That is expected to help Roblox at a time when other video game companies like Electronic Arts Inc, Activision Blizzard and Take-Two Interactive, along with social media companies, are scrambling to build a metaverse around their products to keep users engaged.

Roblox has attracted several well-known names including Gucci, Vans and Netflix, which are looking to take an early position in the metaverse and attract next-generation consumers, said Rupantar Guha, analytics firm GlobalData’s gaming analyst.

“Growing brand involvement will expand Roblox’s user base from children to adults, delivering further growth as the metaverse evolves.”

Roblox, known for its popular games “MeepCity” and “Adopt Me!”, reported a 28% surge in third-quarter bookings to $637.8 million on Monday after market close. The company got a boost during the pandemic when millions of pre-teens turned to video games for entertainment.

(Reporting by Medha Singh and Tiyashi Datta in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva)