Federer-backed shoemaker ON prices IPO above range, valued at over $6 billion

Shoes by ON are pictured ahead of the Initial Public Offering (IPO)
Shoes by ON (Run on Clouds), a shoemaker backed by Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, are pictured in the Swiss Sport Style shop ahead of the Initial Public Offering (IPO), in Lausanne, Switzerland, September 14, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

September 15, 2021

(Reuters) – On Holding AG, a shoe firm backed by Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer, on Tuesday priced its initial public offering (IPO) well above the target range, valuing the company at over $6 billion.

On priced 31.1 million shares offered at $24 each, compared with a target range of $18 to $20 per share, raising $746.4 million, it said in a statement.

The shoemaker was founded in 2010 by running enthusiasts Olivier Bernhard, David Allemann and Caspar Coppetti, with Federer investing an undisclosed sum in the company in 2019.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner teamed up with the company earlier this year to develop the Roger Pro tennis shoe.

The IPO comes at a time when athletic gear, especially shoes, has been flying off the shelves at most retailers as COVID-induced gym closures push more people to take up running to keep themselves fit.

The company’s largest market is North America, which accounts for nearly 49% of total sales, followed closely by Europe.

On is due to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

Goldman Sachs & Co, Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan are among the underwriters for the offering.

(Reporting by Sabahatjahan Contractor and Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; editing by Richard Pullin)