Xiaomi IPO plan reportedly eyes $200b valuation

Planning to go public late this year, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp is said to be seeking a valuation of up to US$200 billion.

Based in Beijing, the electronics and software company prefers Hong Kong over New York for its listing mainly because Hong Kong retail investors are more familiar with its products and founder as reported.

Xiaomi chairman/founder Lei Jun started liaising with investment banks in November, according to media reports in China. Also, senior executives have told several employees of the impending public issue, reports News.163.com.

The company was valued at $46 billion in its latest funding round in 2014. After declining sales in 2016, the company managed to revive growth last year, partly by opening offline retail stores and expanding its presence internationally, especially in India.

In the third quarter of last year, Xiaomi caught up with Samsung to become the largest smartphone brand in India. It had 23.5 per cent of the market with a shipment of 9.2 million units, marking a 300 per cent year-on-year jump, data from research company International Data Corp shows.

Xiaomi says it topped its annual revenue goal of RMB100 billion (US$15 billion) by the end of October.

Should it reach US$200 billion valuation, Xiaomi would be the biggest technology IPO after Alibaba Group Holding, which raised a record $25 billion for a $231.4 billion market value in 2014.

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