China’s largest ride-hailing app, Didi Chuxing Technology Co. (DIDI), began trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange with a valuation near $80 billion, as reported per CNBC, in one of the largest U.S. IPOs in the last 10 years.
Stocks opened trading at $16.65 per share, up almost 19% from the offering price of $14.
Didi’s IPO Details
Didi currently has 493 million annual active riders and 15 million annual active drivers, according to a report compiled by KraneShares.
In 2016 it beat out Uber in China as the top ride-hailing app, in a market that was worth $54 billion in 2019 and looks to grow to $100 billion by 2023.
Didi remains centrally focused on the Chinese markets, but has grown into 14 other additional regional markets outside of the country.
Didi capitalizes on the extreme price of personal vehicle ownership in China, as well as its local brand recognition and familiarity and expertise in dealing with Chinese regulators and Chinese markets.
The company is branching out into autonomous and electric vehicles and is pushing forward with autonomous taxis and testing self-driving cars in Beijing, having taken over from Uber after the company’s exit from the autonomous vehicle market.
In its report, KraneShares states that “we believe Didi represents a faster-growing, liability-light version of Uber, whose future expansion could be turbocharged by the growth of China’s economy overall.”
KWEB Capitalizing on Didi’s IPO
The KraneShares CSI China Internet ETF (KWEB ) invests in publicly traded companies based in China that are in Internet and Internet-related sectors of the market. These include companies such as Tencent Holdings Ltd (carried at 9.45% weight), Alibaba Group (carried at 9.2%), and Meituan (carried at 8.31%), the Chinese equivalents of companies like Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, etc.
Through KWEB’s fast track methodology, Didi will be included in the ETF a maximum of 10 days from the IPO launch.
The ETF invests in the following sectors: consumer discretionary (43.76% allocation), communication services (37.41%), and information technology (5.75%), as well as real estate, healthcare, financials, and industrials.
KWEB has a 0.73% total annual fund operating expense.
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