- Shein has not yet determined the size of the IPO, which was valued at more than $60 billion in May
- The IPO comes amid difficult markets and US scrutiny
- Fast fashion retailers still lag behind Amazon in sales
Nov 27 (Reuters) – Fashion company Shen has filed a secret application to go public in the United States, two sources familiar with the matter said on Monday, in what is likely to be one of the most important companies founded in China to go public in the United States. we
Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley have been appointed as lead underwriters for the offering, and Singapore-based Shein could go public sometime in 2024, the sources said.
The sources said that Sheen did not specify the size of its offering or its valuation at the time of the IPO. Bloomberg reported earlier this month that it was targeting up to $90 billion in the flotation.
Shen, Goldman and JPMorgan declined to comment, while Morgan Stanley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The company was founded in mainland China in 2012 and was valued at more than $60 billion in fundraising in May, down by a third from last year’s funding round.
The most valuable Chinese-founded company to go public in the US so far is ride-hailing giant Didi Global (92Sy.MU) which debuted in 2021 with a valuation of $68 billion.
The fast-fashion giant’s move to go public in the US comes as the market for initial public offerings struggles to rebound after a series of lackluster stock market debuts.
In recent months, there have been four major IPOs, three of which disappointed investors.
Shares of German sandal maker Birkenstock (BIRK.N), grocery delivery app Instacart (CART.O) and chip designer Arm Holdings fell below their IPO prices in the days following their debut, although Arm shares are now trading above this price.
“It doesn’t seem to me like this is a good time to go public with Shen, but if they need capital the markets are open… and investor sentiment has been more positive than it was a few weeks ago,” Jason Benowitz said. Senior Portfolio Manager at CI Roosevelt.
“When investors are able to review the financials, I expect to see historically strong growth… The key question is whether they can maintain the pace or continue to gain market share in the future,” he said.
Initial public offerings in the United States have raised about $23.64 billion so far this year, compared to $21.3 billion during the same period last year. In 2021, the comparable figure was $300 billion when the IPO market was near its peak.
One of the sources, who requested anonymity due to confidentiality restrictions, said Shin has begun low-key promotional tours for the US float.
It is not immediately clear whether the company has applied to the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) for an IPO in the United States. Chinese companies need to obtain clearance from the regulator before moving forward with their overseas bids.
CSRC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Reuters reported in July that Shen — which attempted a U.S. listing in 2020 but shelved that plan — was working with at least three investment banks on a potential IPO.
In August, Republican attorneys general from 16 US states asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to review Sheen’s supply chain over alleged use of forced labor ahead of a potential initial public offering.
“Right time to list”
Known for its $10 T-shirts and $5 biker shorts, Shein ships the majority of its products directly from China to shoppers by air in individually addressed packages.
The direct shipping strategy has helped the company avoid accumulating unsold inventory in warehouses and avoid import tax in the United States, one of its largest markets, because it allows the e-retailer to take advantage of a “minimum” requirement that exempts cheap products. Of definitions.
Some critics say this provision allows companies to evade high tariffs on Chinese goods.
Fast fashion retailers are gaining popularity in the United States, with Shein taking market share from companies like GAP, as shoppers search for newer styles.
In August, Shein partnered with SPARC Group, a joint venture between Forever 21 owner Authentic Brands (AUTH.N) and shopping mall operator Simon Property (SPG.N), in a bid to expand their market reach.
However, Shein and Temu.com have been unable to convert shopper visits into sales, and lag far behind market leader Amazon.com (AMZN.O) in this regard.
Sumit Singh, an analyst at Aequitas Research who publishes at SmartKarma, said big companies like Shein were tapping capital markets due to interest rates peaking and ahead of potential changes in US regulations for small retailers.
“It might be good for them now,” he said.
Shein’s secret US IPO filing was first reported by Chinese newspaper Shanghai Securities Journal last week. The Wall Street Journal confirmed this report earlier today, Monday, citing sources.
(Reporting by Pritam Biswas and Ananya Maryam Rajesh in Bengaluru; Preparing by Mohammed for the Arabic Bulletin) Kin Wu in Hong Kong and Anirban Sen in New York; (Additional reporting by Rishabh Jaiswal in Bengaluru, Scott Murdoch in Sydney and Myung Kim in Singapore – Prepared by Muhammad for the Arabic Bulletin) Editing by Stephen Coates
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Anirban Sen is the U.S. M&A editor at Reuters in New York, where he leads coverage of the largest deals. Having started with Reuters in Bangalore in 2009, Anirban left in 2013 to work as a technology deals reporter at several of India’s leading business news outlets, including The Economic Times and Mint. Anirban returned to Reuters in 2019 as Finance Editor to lead a team of reporters covering everything from investment banking to venture capital. Anirban holds a degree in History from Jadavpur University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media. Contact: +1 (646) 705 9409
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