February 2, 2023

Didi Stock Rises on First Day, Notching Market Value Near $80 Billion

Didi Global Inc.’s stock jumped on the first day of trading after its IPO, as investors gobbled up shares of the Beijing-based ride-sharing company.

Didi’s American depositary shares opened trading at $16.65 on Wednesday afternoon, 19% above their $14 IPO price. In recent trading, shares backed down to about $14.70. At the open, Didi’s market capitalization was roughly $80 billion.

The gains bucked the trend of poor performance that has plagued several other Chinese companies’ IPOs in recent weeks, signaling that investors are willing to overlook some risks for the promise of high growth, and that Didi and its underwriters were wise in conservatively pricing the deal.

Didi raised about $4.4 billion in its initial public offering Tuesday after pricing shares at $14 apiece, making it the biggest IPO haul for a Chinese company since Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. listed shares in 2014, according to Dealogic. Some people around Didi’s deal had originally floated the possibility of raising roughly $5 billion to $10 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter, but scaled back due to recent poor performance by Chinese IPOs and the high volume of U.S.-listed IPOs marketing shares to investors right now.

This summer has been an unusually busy season for U.S.-listed IPOs, with bankers, lawyers and investors saying more money is likely to be raised by companies in June, July and August than ever before during that period. So far this week, 11 companies, not including blank-check companies, have raised more than $7.7 billion in their IPOs, making it the biggest week of the year as measured by money raised, according to Dealogic.

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