Ottawa’s Shopify raises US$694M in share offering

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Shopify CEO Tobi Lutke in front of the New York Stock Exchange at the firm's IPO in 2015.
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This story was updated to reflect Shopify's share price throughout the day.

Shopify is capitalizing on a high stock price to replenish its cash reserves with a sizeable share offering.

The Ottawa-based firm closed an offering of class-A subordinate voting shares on Thursday, raising proceeds of $694 million. The company issued roughly 2.2 million shares on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges at a price of $317.50 per unit. (All figures USD.)

The offering was originally priced at $600 million, but underwriters Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley exercised an over-allotment option to raise an additional $94 million.

Shopify, which recently struck a $450-million deal to acquire a warehousing and fulfilment company, said in a release that the offering will help strengthen its balance sheet. The proceeds will either be held as cash or invested in short-term, interest-bearing instruments.

Despite flooding the markets with additional shares – a move that tends to dilute value for existing shareholders – Shopify’s stock price was steady on Thursday. Shares were trading up to $331 on the NYSE before settling around $325 by market close.