Twitter sets a modest IPO share price, valuing itself at $11.1bn

The share price is one of the final steps before the company embarks on its investor road-show

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Twitter has revealed the price range for its shares ahead of its flotation on the New York Stock Exchange, saying it plans to sell 70 million shares at between $17 and $20 (£10 - £12), a valuation that will raise up to $1.4bn (£865m) for the company.

This is an increase on the company’s pre-IPO filing back in September, when it outlined plans to raise $1bn from its shares.

These most recent figures give a total valuation for the micro-blogging site of $11.1bn, a relatively conservative estimate that analysts believe has been decided on in order to avoid the mistakes experienced during Facebook’s IPO in 2012.

Facebook’s shares were initially priced at $38 and their IPO was accompanied by a speculative frenzy that boosted this to $45. Prices quickly plummeted however and it is only since September of this year that the company has surpassed that initial high.

Previous estimates of Twitter’s total valuation had been between $15bn and $16bn, with shares priced between $28 and $30. Facebook’s current valuation is $128bn, whilst tech giants like Google and Apple are pegged at $342bn and $483bn respectively.