Chinese electric vehicle maker XPeng Motors files for US IPO

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks by an Xpeng Motors showroom at its headquarters in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Yilei Sun

Chinese electric-car startup Xpeng Motors has filed for a U.S. initial public offering, right behind rival Li Auto Inc. which raised $1.1 billion last month.

Filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday as XPeng Inc., the company listed the size of the offering as $100 million, a placeholder that will likely change.

Electric-vehicle makers have been enjoying a surge in investor interest after strong share price gains this year in Tesla Inc. and NIO Inc. Li Auto, which increased the size of its IPO, has since climbed 61%, more than tripling its valuation prior to the listing.

Guangzhou-based XPeng recently raised an additional $300 million from investors including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and the Qatar Investment Authority, expanding its pre-IPO round to $800 million. China is the world’s largest EV market, but also highly competitive. As public subsidies have been withdrawn, demand has fallen. A Tesla offensive to make cars locally has heaped more pressure on local players.

After years of developing cars and trying to boost their profiles globally, Chinese EV makers are now taking steps to go public as the virus pandemic and economic slowdown squeeze the market, boosting competition. Hozon New Energy Automobile Co. said it would list in Shanghai as soon as next year while WM Motor Technology Co. is also weighing an initial stock sale in China as soon as this year, people familiar with the matter have said.

XPeng delivered 5,185 units of its first vehicle, the G3 SUV, in the first half of 2020. It started deliveries of its second model, the P7 sedan, in May, shipping 1,966 units by July 31, according to its filing.

The offering is being led by Credit Suisse Group AG, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp. The company is planning for its shares to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol XPEV.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.