Xiaomi Files For IPO On Hong Kong Stock Market

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"We are an innovation-driven internet company", Jun begins. According to technology research firm Canalys, Xiaomi shipped almost 8.2 million smartphones in India between October and December a year ago, giving it about 27 percent of the market share. The company could quickly grow to a major rival of Apple and Samsung.

In 2017, Xiaomi had begun asking banks to pitch for an initial public offering and was floated to be the largest IPO listing of 2018.

Lei and co-founder Lin Bin will be the beneficiaries, being the holders of the Class A shares. The mounting supply chain problem forced the company to retreat from many overseas markets, including Indonesia and Brazil. Put simply, the "super voting" shares allow company insiders to retain control over a business even if they become minority shareholders, although there is no difference in terms of company ownership or profits. However, the company's revenue reached 114.62 billion Yuan ($18 billion) in 2017, which is up by 67.5 per cent against 2016.

Xiaomi has filed their IPO at the Hong Kong stock exchange (HKEX). The filing didn't mention how much it's looking to raise, with the number of shares and price among details redacted from the document.

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Earlier to this, the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd didn't offer weighted-voting rights.

That would make it the biggest IPO since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's $21.8 billion IPO in 2014 on the New York Stock Exchange. According to the latest research from market research firm Counterpoint, Xiaomi registered a 134% growth in sales in India and now leads India's smartphone space with 31% of the market share. Xiaomi phones are popular with first time buyers, but shoppers often upgrade to Apple or other phones in their later purchases.

Still, CEO Lei Jun emphasized in his open letter that following the declining smartphone sales in 2016, his company went through a transition and managed to rebound in 2017 - going from 55.4 million devices back up to 91.4 million, with a stronger focus on developing markets like India and Indonesia. He personally took charge of the supply chain and ramped up investments in dozens of businesses that made everything from fitness monitors, luggage, water purifiers, rice cookers and personal scooters.

In terms of markets, China is the company's biggest market and India is its most successful worldwide operations.

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Challenges persist: It's unclear if Xiaomi can really convince US wireless carriers to sell its phones amid trade tensions with China. The IPO is expected to value the company at up to United States dollars 100 billion. The segment slipped as a proportion of overall revenues previous year.

Xiaomi experienced a challenging 2016 amid intense competition from other low-priced domestic rivals such as Oppo and Vivo, but it managed to stage a recovery in 2017 by revamping its sales model and making a big push to India. Still, it's a rare case of a Chinese corporation trying to forge an global brand.

Canalys analyst Mo Jia said that while Xiaomi's finances looked "positive", the firm needed to bolster its internet services business to warrant a high valuation.

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