Alibaba plans $13bn SEHK listing after record Singles’ Day
Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba is set to list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK) on 26 November.
That’s according to a report from Reuters, which suggested the company is planning to raise over $13bn from the secondary listing.
Alibaba already listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) five years ago in 2014. To this day the biggest IPO ever, the occasion raised some $25bn for the company.
According to the Financial Times, Alibaba has begun a share sale roadshow. Following that, a final price will be set on 20 November.
The move comes hot on the heels of Alibaba’s latest Singles’ Day sale. The $38bn event set new records for the company. Nevertheless, co-founder and former CEO Jack Ma said the sale did not meet its potential owing to adverse trading conditions such as the date falling on a weekday.
The crucial nature of the event to Alibaba was further demonstrated by the beefing up of its stake in subsidiary logistics company Cainiao. Pumping in $3.3bn, Alibaba increased its stake from 51% to approximately 63%.“
Logistics is a key pillar of the Alibaba Business Operating System,” said CEO and Executive Chairman Daniel Zhang. “It allows us to offer the best service to customers and to effectively advance our New Retail strategy. Cainiao strives to enhance service and user experience for merchants and consumers through superior technology and digital solutions, both within China and around the world.”
Prior to that, the health of Alibaba’s finances was demonstrated by the release of quarterly results. Standouts included revenue increasing 40% year-over-year and active consumers reaching 693mn.
Zhang said in the press release: “Our digital economy continues to thrive and prosper. We aim to serve over one billion annual active consumers and help our merchants achieve over RMB10 trillion in annual gross merchandise volume by end of fiscal 2024. We will continue to invest in the user experience and innovative technology to create new value for consumers, as well as the millions of enterprises undergoing digital transformation in the new digital economy.”
Timeline: India takes unicorn leap with six in five days
We chart an historic week in India’s tech industry, where in just five days, between 5-9 April 2021, the country achieved six new unicorns, bringing India’s total to 10 in 2021 to date, an immense unicorn leap from just seven in 2020 and six in 2019.
April 5: Meesho
India’s first social commerce unicorn, Meesho raised US$300m from SoftBank, Facebook and Shunwei Capital, giving the Bangalore-based startup a US$2.1bn valuation, a threefold jump from its previous funding round in 2019. Founded in 2015 by two IIT-Delhi graduates, Meesho connects producers and resellers, helping small businesses sell through social media. It has 45m customers and has enabled 13m entrepreneurs to start their online businesses with no investment.
April 6: CRED
Founded just over two years ago, Bangalore-based credit card repayment app CRED raised US$215m from Falcon Edge Capital and Coatue, nearly trebling its valuation to US$2.2bn from its January US$80m round. Allowing customers to pay off their credit card debt while earning CRED coins which they cash in for rewards, CRED has grown rapidly during COVID-19, doubling its customer base to nearly 6 million in a year.
April 7: API Holdings / Groww
The first epharmacy startup to gain unicorn status, PharmEasy (API Holdings), which has digitised 60,000 brick and mortar pharmacies and 400 doctors across India, raised US$350m in a round led by Prosus Ventures. Founded by four former Flipkart employees as a way of making investing simple, investment platform Groww became India’s second-youngest fintech unicorn, raising US$83m in Series D funding led by Tiger Global, quadrupling its previous round in September.
April 8: ShareChat
New Delhi-grown social media startup ShareChat, founded in 2016 by Mohalla Tech raised US$502m from Lightspeed Ventures, Tiger Global, Twitter and Snap taking its raised total over six rounds to US$766m and pushing its valuation to US$2.1bn. The funding will be used to grow its user base and short video platform Moj, which launched in 2020 following TikTok’s ban in India. The regional language startup claims 280m users.
April 9: Gupshup
AI-led conversational message startup joined the unicorn club after raising US$100m from Tiger Global giving it a ten-fold valuation of US$1.4bn. The smart messaging platform, which has seen accelerated growth during the pandemic, was founded in Bangalore in 2005 by serial entrepreneur Beerud Sheth, whose online freelancing platform Elance is now listed. Gupshup’s API enables 100,000+ businesses to build messaging and conversation experiences across 30+ communication channels.