Meituan-Dianping’s IPO off to a good start as shares climb 7% on debut – TechCrunch

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Meituan-Dianping (3690.HK) loved a robust debut at present in Hong Kong, an indication that traders are assured within the Tencent-backed firm’s prospects regardless of its cash-burning development technique, heavy competitors and a sluggish Hong Kong inventory market.

Throughout morning buying and selling, Meituan’s shares reached a excessive of HKD$73.85 (about $9.41), a 7% improve over its preliminary public providing value of HKD$69. When Meituan reportedly set a goal valuation of $55 billion for its debut, it triggered considerations that the corporate, which payments itself a “one-stop tremendous app” for the whole lot from meals supply to ticket bookings, as overconfident.

Whereas Meituan, the proprietor of Cellular, is the main on-line market for providers in China, it faces formidable competitors from Alibaba’s Ele.me and working on tight margins and heavy losses because it spends cash on advertising and consumer acquisition prices. Because it ready for its IPO, Meituan was additionally beneath the shadow of underwhelming Hong Kong debuts by Xiaomi and China Tower. Like Xiaomi, Meituan is listed beneath a brand new dual-class share construction designed to draw tech firms by permitting them to present weighted voting rights to founders.

The sponsors of Meituan’s IPO are Financial institution of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.