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China's Xiaomi Seeks Bank Pitches For 2018 IPO- Reports

Xiaomi was valued at $46 billion in a 2014 funding round completed before its sales stagnated. More recently it has seen expectations of its value pick up following strong results this year.

Reuters

Updated:December 6, 2017, 1:18 PM IST
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China's Xiaomi Seeks Bank Pitches For 2018 IPO- Reports
China's Xiaomi Seeks Bank Pitches For 2018 IPO- Reports (Representative Image from Reuters).
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has asked banks to pitch next Friday for an initial public offering in 2018, people familiar with the plan told Reuters. Xiaomi was valued at $46 billion in a 2014 funding round completed before its sales stagnated. More recently it has seen expectations of its value pick up following strong results this year.

Its float could be the world's "largest technology IPO" next year, according to one of the people. "It is huge," said another source, adding that a valuation of $100 billion would "not be a crazy number". The world's most valuable startup for a brief period in 2014 was worth about $55 billion at the end of June, according to one person close to the company.

But two other people familiar with the company's discussions said it should be worth much more based on its expected earnings. Xiaomi did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The maker of budget smartphones saw sales stall in 2016 as it attempted to expand internationally while battling intense competition from Chinese rivals Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Vivo and Oppo.

At the time it pulled back from several overseas markets including Brazil and Indonesia, but this year it has launched and re-launched sales in dozens of countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Ukraine. It has overtaken Apple to become China's fourth-largest smartphone vendor by sales, driven in part by a focus on offline stores, according to research firm Canalys.

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