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Covid-19 halts DoubleDown Nasdaq listing plans


South Korean social gaming giant DoubleU Games has announced that it will put plans to list its social casino subsidiary DoubleDown Interactive on the Nasdaq stock exchange on hold, blaming economic uncertainty. 

In a Korea Stock Exchange (KRX) filing, DoubleU explained that it believes investor appetite for the listing has declined as a result of the uncertainty caused by a re-emergence of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the US. 

The business did note that it would re-examine the possibility of a market listing at a later date, when it felt conditions were more favourable, and would aim to do so as quickly as possible. 

DoubleU first announced plans for the listing in June, revealing that it aimed to raise up to $100m, through the stock market float. This would have seen 400,000 new ordinary shares and putting the 360,000 shares held by South Korean venture capital fund STIC Investments up for sale.

However later that month it amended these plans, instead making 11m American Depositary Shares (ADS) available to investors. Every twenty ADS would make up one DoubleDown share. J.P. Morgan, Bank of America Securities and Macquarie Capital were due to serve as joint bookrunners.

In related news, DoubleU said revenue for the second quarter of its financial year was up 30% year-on-year. The operator is yet to release a full breakdown of the quarterly results.