(Bloomberg) -- Chinese artificial intelligence-chip startup Horizon Robotics Inc. is considering a U.S. initial public offering which could raise as much as $1 billion, according to people with knowledge of the matter.The Beijing-based company, which is backed by investors including Intel Capital, Hillhouse Capital and Jack Ma’s Yunfeng Capital, is working with advisers on preparations for the share sale, the people said. A listing could happen as soon as the end of this year, they said, asking
(Bloomberg) -- Beijing Yuanxin Technology Co., which runs pharmaceutical e-commerce platform Miaoshou Doctor, is weighing a Hong Kong initial public offering that could raise at least $500 million, according to people familiar with the matter.The company, which counts Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Qiming Venture Partners among its backers, is working with CLSA Ltd. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. on the potential share sale, the people said. An offering could happen as soon as this year, said the people, asking not to be identified as the information isn’t public.Separately, Miaoshou Doctor is also looking to raise about $200 million to $300 million in a funding round before the first-time share sale, they said.Details of the IPO including size and timeline could still change as deliberations continue, the people said. Representatives for CLSA and Goldman Sachs declined to comment, while a representative for Miaoshou Doctor didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.Founded in 2014, Miaoshou Doctor is an online platform that enables patients to consult with doctors remotely and get prescription recommendations. Customers can also purchase over-the-counter medicine through the website. Besides Tencent and Qiming, the company’s investors also include Sequoia China and CITIC Securities Co.Miaoshou Doctor is among a number of health-care technology companies looking to transform China’s health system and take advantage of strong investor demand. Companies marrying technology and health care have sought to benefit from greater use of online services since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.WeDoctor, another Tencent-backed medical platform, is also planning a Hong Kong IPO that could raise as much as $3 billion, Bloomberg News has reported. In January, Yidu Tech Inc., which offers artificial intelligence and big data products to the health-care industry, raised $610 million in a Hong Kong listing and has seen its share price go up about 43% since.(Adds details of Miaoshou’s backers in fifth paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Didi Chuxing Technology Co. is close to finalizing a $1.5 billion round of funding for its on-demand trucking unit from investors including Temasek Holdings Pte, surpassing its fundraising target as investors count on a Chinese economic recovery to fuel shipping.Jack Ma’s Yunfeng Capital and IDG Capital will join the financing for Didi Freight, an Uber-like trucking service, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Other investors in the unit’s debut round include the investment arm of real estate giant Country Garden Holdings Co., a unit of CITIC and Hidden Hill Capital, the person said, asking not to be identified discussing a private deal. The total amount exceeded its target of about $400 million by several-fold.China’s economy roared back to pre-pandemic growth rates in the fourth quarter after its industrial engines fired up to meet surging demand for exports. That boom is straining a domestic logistics network already taxed by a post-Covid 19 resurgence in e-commerce. Startups like Full Truck Alliance -- backed by SoftBank Group Corp. -- and tech giants such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. are now introducing technology to try and streamline the shipping process, connecting merchants with truckers and delivery firms.Read more: Didi’s Logistics Arm Was Said to Seek $400 Million in Debut FundingDidi first launched its on-demand logistics service in Chengdu and Hangzhou in June and has since expanded to eight cities, handling more than 100,000 orders daily on average. Backed by Tencent Holdings Ltd. and SoftBank, the Chinese startup is taking on larger rivals including Full Truck Alliance -- known by its Chinese name Manbang -- and Huolala in an already crowded market. Huolala raised $515 million from investors including Sequoia and Hillhouse. Full Truck Alliance raised $1.7 billion from investors including SoftBank and Tencent about a month before that.Didi Freight represents one of the key growth initiatives for a ride-hailing giant seeking to diversify from its traditional business. Didi is also ramping up its autonomous driving unit as well as robo-taxi service. A company representative had no immediate comment on the latest fundraising in an email.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.