Xiaomi files in Hong Kong for the largest IPO in four years
Xiaomi released its first smartphone in August 2011, and has quickly become one of the top handset manufacturers in the world. According to IDC, the company is the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer, and saw its global smartphone shipments soar 87.8% year-over-year during the first quarter. The company shipped 28 million handsets from January through March compared to 14.8 million delivered in the same quarter last year. That gave Xiaomi an 8.4% of the worldwide smartphone market at the end of the three month period.
The surge in shipments during the first quarter was helped by Xiamoi's expansion into India, which was a grand slam for the company and allowed Xiaomi to nearly double its market share even when the Chinese smartphone market remained sluggish at best. The company could also be close to making its long awaited entry into the U.S. market. Xiaomi is reportedly talking to U.S. carriers about selling its flagship phones in the states starting later this year, or early in 2019.
Xiaomi went from being profitable in 2016 to taking a 43.9 billion yuan ($6.9 billion) hit in 2017. Revenue, though, soared 67.5% to 114.5 billion yuan ($18 billion USD) last year.
The IPO could end up the largest in the world since 2014, when China's Alibaba raised $25 billion. You can view the Application Proof for the IPO by clicking on this link.