Eyewear company Warby Parker valued at over $6 billion after shares climb in debut

Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa Co CEOs and Co founders of Eyeglass retailer Warby Parker begins trading via direct listing at the New York Stock Exchange

(Reuters) -Shares of Warby Parker Inc jumped 35% in their U.S. market debut on Wednesday, notching up a valuation of over $6 billion for the eyewear company.

The company’s stock, which went public through a direct listing, opened at $54.05 per share compared with the reference price of $40 per share.

A direct listing lets companies list their stock on exchanges without selling shares, thereby sidestepping a costly and time-consuming initial public offering.

Tiger Global Management, General Catalyst, Baillie Gifford and D1 Capital Partners are investors in Warby. It had confidentially filed for a listing in June.

(Reporting by Niket Nishant in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)