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Shares in China's Xiaomi fall on Hong Kong debut

AFP  |  Hong Kong 

Chinese giant kicked off its trading debut in Hong Kong today, a long-awaited IPO overshadowed by the start of a US-trade war and bearish investor sentiment.

Shares opened at 16.60 Hong Kong dollars (USD 2.12) in Hong Kong, down from their IPO price of 17.00 Hong Kong dollars.

Investors felt a lack of confidence even before public trading started, selling their shares at a discount on the unofficial "grey market" last week, reported.

Despite being one of the most anticipated Chinese technology IPOs this year, saw a disappointing valuation of USD 54 billion, well below its ambitious USD 100 billion target.

Founded in 2010 by Lei Jun, has grown from a in Zhongguancun -- China's "Silicon Valley" -- to become the world's fourth-biggest vendor at the end of last year, according to International Data Corp.

Lei has described Xiaomi as a "new species" of company with what he describes as a "triathlon" model combining hardware, internet and Its products range from smart home gadgets like air purifiers to non-tech items such as pillows and ballpoint pens.

A delay in Xiaomi's plan to launch new so-called Chinese Depository Receipts (CDRs) in as well as doubts about the sustainability of its model were also among reasons for the lower valuation, analysts said.

Chinese authorities devised the CDR programme, under which homegrown companies listed abroad can simultaneously list at home, after watching and launch on Wall Street.

The plan aims to help development of China's still relatively immature and volatile share markets and allow domestic investors to invest in the country's big tech champions.

Beijing-based Xiaomi is the first firm in Hong Kong to trade with a controversial dual-class structure since listing rules were overhauled to allow weighted voting rights for different sets of shareholders.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 08:25 IST