A SEC filing reveals Skype is planning to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering. Shares will be listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange later this year.
Ebay sold Skype to a group of investors last September after a series of contentious legal disputes between Skype’s management, its founders and Ebay. In the end, Ebay received $1.9bn for the company and retained a minority stake, short of the $2.6bn it paid for the company in 2005.
The new owners included Silver Lake Partners, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and Andreessen Horowitz, a venture firm led by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen.