Could Line Be the Biggest Tech IPO of 2016?

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Line is poised to become the only publicly traded chat app. The Japan-born messaging platform, which became popular worldwide, is slated for an IPO this week.

Launched in 2011, Line is set to raise as much as $1.3 billion through this IPO, which could stand as the largest public debut of 2016 among technology companies. The company has more than 200 million active users.

Unlike one-trick ponies such as Snapchat—which has not yet figured out monetization and relies heavily on ads—Line nicely balances revenues from ads (35%), content (35%), and communications (22%). This diversity makes it an appealing prospect to users.

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