Didi falls 25% in pre-open business on China crackdown, loses $19 bn in m-cap


Didi Global Inc shares slumped 25% in U.S. pre-market business on Tuesday, ahead of its first session since Chinese regulators ordered that the company’s app be taken down days after its $4.4 billion listing on the New York Inventory Exchange.

The ride-hailing giant’s app used to be ordered to be removed from mobile app stores in China on Sunday by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) which followed an official investigation into the company’s handling of customer data.

The U.S. market used to be closed on Monday for the July 4 holiday.

In pre-market business on Tuesday, Didi shares fell as much as 25% to $11.59, mannered below its debut price of $16.65 on June 30.

At that pre-market level, Didi is set to shed almost $19 billion in market capitalisation.

“On the subject of essential have an effect on that (share price fall) is a bit harsh, in our view,” said Sumeet Singh, Aequitas Research director who publishes on Smartkarma, told Reuters.

“But with some news sources saying that Didi knew months in advance that a crackdown used to be coming, some people will start to have their doubts on governance of the company as mannered.” The Wall Road Publication reported on Tuesday, citing sources, that the company used to be warned by regulators to delay the initial public offering (IPO) and inspect its network security.

“And whether the crackdown used to be indeed deliberate months in advance that would imply that it isn’t going absent soon, which might give an explanation for the large share price correction,” Singh added.

Didi said on Monday the app’s ban would have an adverse have an effect on on its revenue in China despite it remaining to be had for existing users. It also told Reuters it had no knowledge of the investigation prior to the IPO.

Didi shares were sold at $14 every in the IPO which used to be the largest listing of a Chinese company in the USA since Alibaba raised $25 billion in 2014. The company had been valued at up to $75 billion as of Friday.

CAC said it had ordered app stores to stop offering Didi’s app after finding that the company had illicitly collected users’ personal data.

A sharp sell-off in Didi shares would further dent confidence of its investors, who were shocked by the announcement of a probe into the ride-hailing firm just two days after its New York inventory market debut.

“I think some investors may have taken consolation that going ahead with the listing used to be under the blessing of the authorities, when now we realize it clearly wasn’t,” said Dave Wang, portfolio manager at Singapore’s Nuvest Capital.

Nuvest did not participate in Didi’s IPO.

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