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Geely’s EV brand Zeekr seeks billions in U.S. IPO- Reuter reports

The plan comes as the brand sets sights on marketing its 001 crossover

China’s Geely Automobile Holdings has confidently filled for a U.S. initial public offering.  The electric car brand, Zeekr, would be the first major Chinese listing in the country in nearly two years. 

As reported by Reuters, Zeekr submitted a document to American regulators outlining its intentions to raise more than $1 billion in its U.S. IPO and aims for a value of more than $10 billion. Additionally, the plans call for a New York IPO to happen as early as the second quarter of 2023. 

In October, Geely announced its intention to spin off the company, which covers Zeekr’s listing venue, offering size, and price point. In addition to having a more predictable listing speed, a Zeekr offering would pave the way for more Chinese share sales in the United States- which is said to hold the world’s largest pool of money.

On the other hand, only five Chinese firms have successfully executed U.S. IPOs this year, raising a total of $162.5 million. The largest offering came from hotel company Atour Lifestyle Holdings in November, raising $52.25 million. In comparison to the $12.8 billion that was raised last year.

Zeekr received $500 million in its initial external fundraising in August of 2021 from investors including Intel Capital, battery manufacturer CATL, and internet video provider Bilibili.

The starting price of the 001 model in China is 299,000 yuan ($43,000), which is just a little bit higher than the recently reduced price of 288,000 yuan for Tesla’s Model Y. But,  Zeekr has not disclosed any overseas market prices yet. 

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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