Rackspace stock soars following Amazon investment report

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Rackspace stock soars following Amazon investment report

Fresh off its recent IPO, shares of Rackspace Technology are soaring today following a report that Amazon is currently in talks to invest and become a minority stakeholder in the cloud services specialist.

Rackspace shares are up 14 percent at US$18.85 per share as of Monday afternoon. Two weeks ago, the San Antonio, Texas-based cloud management company returned to the public market after four years in the private sector.

Amazon is in preliminary talks to invest in Rackspace which would involved Amazon buying a minority stake, according to a report by Reuters citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. Reuters said the deal could take one to two months to be finalized.

The news comes after Amazon recently formed a Strategic Collaboration Agreement with Rackspace through which the two companies would expand joint offerings in the Rackspace Technology service block catalog around cloud strategy, migration, cloud operations and support.

Rackspace declined to comment on the matter. Amazon did not respond for comment by press time.

In 2016, a group of investors led by Apollo Global Management purchased Rackspace for US$4.3 billion and withdrew the company from the New York Stock Exchange.

Over the years, Rackspace has shifted from a colocation and cloud services provider to an MSP that partners with its former cloud competitors such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. The company has formed several strategic technology partnerships with the three public cloud titans AWS, Google and Microsoft.

On Aug. 5, Rackspace became a publicly traded company again with CEO Kevin Jones virtually ringing the opening bell of the Nasdaq exchange.

The company offered 33,500,000 shares at a price of US$21 per share, but investors were cautious with the stock closing at a US$16.39 per share. Rackspace said in an S-1 filing with the U.S. Securities Exchange and Commission that it will apply around 85 percent of the cash raised in its IPO to pay down debt. Rackspace currenty has a market cap of nearly US$3.7 billion.

The 6,800-employee strong company generated US$2.44 billion in revenue in 2019 while recording a net loss of US$102 million. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, Rackspace reported revenues of US$653 million and a net loss of US$48 million.

This article originally appeared at crn.com

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