July 28, 2017 / 5:04 AM / 3 months ago

Xiaomi gains new $1 billion loan to drive retail push, expansion overseas

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Friday it had signed a deal for a new $1 billion loan to accelerate its drive into brick-and-mortar stores and help a push overseas.

FILE PHOTO - A Xiaomi company's logo is pictured during a presentation to celebrate the entry of the company into the Mexican market, in Mexico City, Mexico, May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo

The three-year syndicated loan comes as China’s tech giants look to diversify their businesses as e-commerce growth slows, with rivals from Baidu Inc to Alibaba pushing into new areas from cloud computing to artificial intelligence.

It follows a three-year $1 billion syndicated loan in 2014.

Xiaomi has seen a recent return to form in phone sales after being hit by competition from rival Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and brands Vivo and Oppo.

The firm shipped 23.16 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2017, up 70 percent from the previous quarter, marking a record high for its quarterly smartphone shipments, it said in a statement.

The loan, which was coordinated globally by Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley, involved participation from 18 banks in Europe, the Middle East, India, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

“The global syndicate of top-tier banks is a strong endorsement of Xiaomi by the international capital markets,” Xiaomi Chief Financial Officer Shou Zi Chew said.

The statement from Xiaomi, which also makes cameras and TVs and was briefly the world’s most valuable startup following its last round of fundraising in 2014, confirms a report from Reuters LPC on Wednesday.

Reporting by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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