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Opera to make Public Offering

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2:19 pm on Feb 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Opera Software reports a more than 100% increase in revenues, and announces that is ready for public listing at the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Here's the press release [opera.com].

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Interesting one.

I'm a big fan of the Opera browser but I'm not sure if I'd be keen to buy any shares because your average Joe Schmoe internet user has never heard of them or their browser and may never do.

Having said that, their browser for phones and handhelds seems to be catching on, so maybe they will gain brand recognition that way.

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I'm not sure if I'd be keen to buy any shares because your average Joe Schmoe internet user has never heard of them

Nor have they heard of Juniper... but that doesn't mean anything [quotes.nasdaq.com]. ;-)

I think you're right about phones and handhelds. That may become a bigger market (here in the US) soon.

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Yep, they'll do well in the market for mobile phone browsers, that is a market set to grow.
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What is Opera's revenue source? Selling browsers?
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What is Opera's revenue source?

Oh, they've got their fingers into quite a few things. Here's a partial list...

  • AMD Embedded Products
  • BenQ Smartphones
  • Canal+ MediaHighWay iTV Appliance
  • Ericsson Cordless Screen Phones
  • i3 Set-Top Boxes
  • IBM NetVista Internet Appliance
  • JavaOne Lineo's Embedix Plus Browser
  • Kaii PDA
  • LabourStart Browser
  • Macromedia Mac Products
  • Mandrake Linux
  • Motorola A920
  • Nokia Cellphones
  • NXTV Set-Top Boxes
  • PalmPalm Wireless Appliances
  • Psion Series7, netBook, etc.
  • Screen Media's FreePad Web Terminal
  • Sendo X
  • Sharp Zaurus SL-5000D
  • SuSE Linux
  • Symbian Communicators
  • Symbian EPOC
  • Symbian Magpie
  • Tucows Browser
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So they are selling browsers and browsing code.

I'll pass.

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Opera Details Plans for Initial Public Offering:

Press release [opera.com]

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8:43 am on Feb 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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This IPO means that the value of Opera is between USD 110 - 130 million depending of the closing share price and the final voulme of new shares issued.