Opera Going Public
The Web browser maker plans a March public listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange in its home country of Norway.Opera Software ASA, an Oslo, Norway, maker of Web browser software, is planning to go public next month. Opera announced on Monday that its board of directors has decided to apply for a public listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The news came as the company reported a 54 percent increase in earnings for 2003 compared with 2002. Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner said in a statement that after nine years developing its browser technology Opera is ready to go public to play a bigger role in the market.
"Opera has come far, and a public listing will give us more flexibility to expand our position as a leading player in the Internet arena," von Tetzchner said in the statement.