NBCUniversal, a unit of Comcast Corp, invested $500 million in Snap Inc during its IPO as part of a strategic investment and partnership, CNBC reported on Friday, citing sources familiar with the matter.
Snap’s shares were up 3.5 percent at $25.32 in premarket trading. The company finished its first day of trading with a 44 percent gain compared to its IPO price of $17.00.
Snap’s stock allocation to NBCUniversal seems to be the only one made to a new strategic investor, making NBCUniversal the only U.S. media company with a stake, according to the CNBC report.
NBCUniversal has agreed to hold the shares for at least a year, CNBC reported.
Comcast has pumped heavily into digital-native companies such as BuzzFeed and Vox Media, partly in an effort to better service existing advertisers.
Snap and NBCUniversal did not respond to requests for comment.