Intel Autonomous Driving Spin-off Mobileye Goes Public at a Discount

In a sign of the times, one of the biggest IPOs for 2022 is launching with a much smaller-than-expected market cap.

Mobileye Global (MBLY), Intel's autonomous driving subsidiary, hit the Nasdaq on Wednesday, October 26. At the close of markets on Tuesday, Mobileye was reported to release 41 million shares at $21 per share.

Although about one billion higher than last week's estimates, the valuation is well below the $50 billion target Intel proposed when the listing was announced in December last year.

Founded in 1999, Israel-based Mobileye has been innovating advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and self-driving solutions for over two decades.

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Mobileye's set of core enterprise customers is expanding too. Last year, 78% of revenue came from sales to four automakers. That number doubled in 2022, with 76% of its sales stemming from eight car manufacturers.

Mobileye's main business remains its customized EyeQ chips. Having been improved over five generations since 2007, the chip series minimizes power consumption and optimizes processing power for assisted driving systems.

Mobileye also provides dual-source sensing that combines camera-based and Lidar (LIght Detection And Ranging) systems for an enhanced all-around view of the vehicle.

Software solutions complement the hardware, such as precision mapping systems backed up by the firm's own crowd-sourced data set.

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