Tencent-backed Douyu raises $775 million in US IPO

By Wei Sheng
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China’s biggest live-streaming platform Douyu announced on Wednesday it raised $775 million after pricing its US initial public offering (IPO) at the low end of the indicated range.

Why it’s important: The deal is so far the largest Chinese IPO in the US in 2019, eclipsing that of Luckin Coffee which raised $645 million, according to Reuters, citing market data.

  • The Tencent-backed video game live-streaming platform in April filed its IPO application to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), following its largest Chinese competitor Huya, which listed in May last year.
  • The company delayed its IPO roadshow in May amid the intensifying US-China trade war.

Details: The Wuhan-based company sold American depositary shares (ADS) at $11.5 each, compared with a previously stated target of $11.5 to $14.0, said the company on Wednesday.

  • The company’s market cap reached $3.73 billion after the pricing. Shares in the company are set to begin trading on Nasdaq on Wednesday under the symbol “DOYU.”
  • Its revenue doubled year on year in 2017 and nearly doubled again in 2018 when it reached RMB 3.65 billion (around $530 million), according to its IPO filing. Net losses declined around 22% year-year in 2017 and increased 43% year on year in 2018.