Online mattress pioneer Casper Sleep Inc. has filed regulatory paperwork to go publicAmazon. It has plans to eventually expand to more than 200 stores in North America.
It has also expanded beyond mattresses to pillows, sheets and dog beds. It currently operates in seven countries.
Founded in 2014, Casper proved naysayers wrong that no one would buy a mattress online. In fact, it revolutionized the way mattresses were delivered by coming up with a mattress flexible enough to be folded into a box small enough to fit into a trunk of a car.
It says it has lots of room to grow, estimating that the global sleep economy was about $432 billion last year. It says the U.S. sleep business was nearly $80 billion last year. Casper's success has also helped to spur other online mattress rivals like Purple, Leesa Sleep and Tuft & Needle, which merged with the world's leading mattress manufacturer Serta Simmons Bedding.
Still, Casper is losing money. For the first nine months ended Sept. 30, it had sales of $312.3 million. Net losses were $67.4 million during that period. In 2018, sales were $357.9 million, while losses were $92.1 million. In 2017, the company had sales of $250.9 million and incurred losses of $73.4 million.
The stock will be listed under “CSPR” on the New York Stock Exchange.
This story has been updated to correct the name of a company. It's Serta Simmons Bedding, not Serta Simmons Beddings.