(Reuters) - Casper Sleep Inc, the online mattress retailer whose investors include actor Leonardo DiCaprio and rapper 50 Cent, on Friday filed bit.ly/2QINDtC for an initial public offering with U.S. regulators.
Launched in 2014, Casper is one of a string of online mattress retailers, such as Purple, Nectar Sleep and Tuft & Needle, that have squeezed the industry’s old players.
Casper’s IPO comes as the company has been expanding into brick-and-mortar retail, transitioning from temporary to permanent stores.
The mattress retailer is betting that its popularity with urban millennials will ensure it does not share the same fate as Mattress Firm Inc, the largest U.S. brick-and-mortar mattress retailer that filed for bankruptcy protection in 2018.
The New York based company’s investors include retailer Target Corp TGT.N and investment firms Lerer Hippeau Ventures, IVP and NEA.
The company intends to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CSPR”.
Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Jefferies are the lead underwriters on the IPO.
Reporting by C Nivedita in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni
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