Mobileye IPO not capital raise, but market entry -Intel CEO at WSJ Tech Live Conf

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(Reuters) – Intel Corp’s Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger on Monday said the initial public offering of its self-driving tech company Mobileye was not a capital raise, but more of an entry into the market.

“It is a move to potentially move them into the market. It’s not a capital raise,” said Gelsinger at the WSJ Tech Live conference when asked about why Intel was moving ahead with an IPO during such tough market environments and whether Intel needed that cash.

“The autonomous vehicle segment is a strong segment for growth. It’s a tough market. At the same time, we’re believing this company should be public and this is the best way to maximize the company’s potential,” Gelsinger said.

He also said he believes self-driving cars could become commonplace on the streets by the middle of the decade.

Last week, Mobileye said it was targeting a valuation of nearly $16 billion in its IPO, less than a third of what it had reportedly previously expected, as volatility in stock markets and rising interest rates dampen the appetite for new listings.

Mobileye said in a regulatory filing it is offering 41 million shares of common stock priced between $18 and $20 per share, aiming to raise up to $820 million, based on the top end of the proposed range of the listing.

Reuters, citing sources, had reported in April that the stock market flotation could value Mobileye at as much as $50 billion.

(Reporting by Jane Lanhee Lee in Oakland Calif., and Eva Matthews in Bengaluru; Editing by David Gregorio)

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