Didi Global, which listed in New York last month after raising $4.4 billion in an initial public offering (IPO), said on Weibo that a “rumour” that it could go private was not true, and it was “actively and fully” cooperating with a cybersecurity investigation.
The company’s shares, which jumped as much as 40% to $12.42 in premarket trading after the WSJ report, pared gains after the company denial and were trading up 14.5%. The stock has lost about 37% since its listing on the NYSE on June 30.
Days after Didi Global’s market debut, China’s cyberspace regulator launched a probe into the company and asked it to stop registering new users, citing national security and the public interest. The regulator also said it would remove the mobile apps operated by Didi from app stores.
Didi Global has been in talks with bankers, regulators and key investors to try to resolve the problems following its listing on the New York Stock Exchange, the WSJ report stated. According to the report, Didi had asked its major underwriters to assess investors’ views regarding a privatisation plan, as well as the pricing range that they would accept. A take-private deal that would involve a tender offer for its publicly traded shares is one of the preliminary options being considered, the report stated.
Didi Global’s listing was the biggest stock sale by a Chinese company since the 2014 listing of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.