June 19, 2018 / 7:43 AM / 10 months ago

China's Xiaomi cuts valuation to $55 billion-$70 billion: sources

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a Xiaomi store in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China April 7, 2018. Picture taken April 7, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters/IFR) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has lowered its likely valuation to between US$55bn and US$70bn following its decision to delay its mainland share offering until after its Hong Kong IPO, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The delay was triggered by a dispute between the company and regulators over the valuation of its China depositary receipts (CDRs), sources said, casting doubt on Beijing’s efforts to lure foreign-listed Chinese tech giants back home.

Xiaomi is using a range of US$55bn–$70bn in its discussions with potential cornerstone investors ahead of the planned launch of its Hong Kong IPO later this week, two sources said.

The sources declined to be named because the discussions were not public. Xiaomi did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The new valuation is far below the US$100bn valuation touted by sources earlier this year and still well below the more recent floor price of US$70bn that the company and its advisers had informally used as guidance for investors.

Reporting Julie Zhu in HONG KONG, Fiona Lau of IFR, Adam Jourdan and Samuel Shen in SHANGHAI and Beijing Monitoring Desk; Writing by Jennifer Hughes; Editing by Stephen Coates

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