Tue. Jun 15th, 2021

A logo of ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing displayed on a building in Hangzhou in China’s eastern Zhejiang province.

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Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing on Thursday filed to go public in what could be one of the largest tech IPOs of this year.

The company reported $21.6 billion in revenue last year. It also posted a profit this past quarter on $6.4 billion in revenue. Specifically, the company reported net income of $837 million before certain payouts to shareholders, and comprehensive net income of $95 million for the quarter.

Between 2019 and 2020, revenue shrunk almost 10% as the Covid pandemic struck China hard last year. However, prior to the pandemic, revenue grew 11% between 2018 and 2019. Additionally, revenue has bounced back in the first quarter as the pandemic recovery is in full swing, with 107% growth in Q1 from the previous year’s quarter.

Some of the company’s profitability in Q1 can be credited to gains on investments of $1.9 billion related to spin-offs and divestments.

Didi was most recently valued at $62 billion following an August fundraising round, according to PitchBook data. Bloomberg reported the company could have a $100 billion valuation at the time of its IPO.

Founded in 2012, Didi said it has 493 million annual active riders, and 15 million annual active drivers. Didi has been named to the CNBC Disruptor 50 list four times.

(The precise name of the company as registered on the F-1 is Xiaoju Kuaizhi.)

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