Chinese ride-hailer Didi raises funds worth $4.4 billion. It went public on the New York Stock Exchange in a much anticipated US IPO. Didi is the biggest Chinese IPO in the US since Alibaba’s $25 billion listings in 2014.
Details on the deal
The company priced its IPO at $14, the top of the expected range. It opened at $16.65 per share on day 1, and closed at $14.14, a modest 1% up from the initial offering price.
Two days before Didi’s debut, CNBC’s Jim Cramer recommended the stock on his show “Mad Money.” “If you want to speculate on a Chinese IPO, you’ve got my blessing to bet on Didi. I would try to get as many shares as you can,” Cramer said.
David Trainer, founder of New Constructs, a US-based investment research company wrote that Didi is overvalued and worth “no more than $37 billion,” a little over half of its current valuation in a Wednesday analysis. He worries that Chinese regulatory risks and an “unprofitable” business model will hurt the company’s performance, despite Didi having a 90% market dominance in China.
Didi reported losses of $1.6 billion on $21.6 billion in revenue in 2020. The company turned a profit of $800 million on $6.4 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2021, according to its IPO filing.
Further on Didi raising funds
Didi performed better than its US counterparts on the first trading day. Uber fell below its initial offering price of $45 on the first trading day. In May 2019, Uber opened below its initial offering price and dropped more than 7%.
Like many other leading tech companies in China, Didi faces increased regulatory scrutiny. In June it was reported that Didi is facing antitrust investigations from the country’s top market watchdog. The investigation was on whether the company had used unfair practices to squeeze out smaller competitors.