Chinese e-car start-up makes NYSE debut

NEW YORK, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- NIO Inc., a Chinese electric vehicle start-up, rang the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) opening bell on Wednesday in celebration of its initial public offering (IPO).


Bin Li, CEO of Chinese electric vehicle start-up NIO Inc., rings a ceremonial bell as NIO stock begins trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during the company’s initial public offering (IPO) at the NYSE in New York, US, September 12, 2018. (Photo: VCG)

The company, trading under the ticker symbol of NIO, announced the pricing of its IPO of 160,000,000 American depository shares (ADSs), at $6.26 s per ADS for a total offering size of approximately $1 billion, assuming the underwriters do not exercise their option to purchase additional ADSs.

Each ADS represents one Class A ordinary share of the company.

The company has granted the underwriters an option, exercisable within 30 days from the date of the final prospectus, to purchase up to an aggregate of 24,000,000 additional ADSs to cover over-allotments.

NIO started trading at $6 per share on Wednesday, and was traded at $6.27 apiece around midday.

Founded in 2014, NIO, dubbed as China's Tesla, is a pioneer in China's premium electric vehicle market. It began deliveries of the ES8, a 7-seater high performance electric SUV in China from June 2018 and plans to launch ES6, a 5-seater electric SUV in late 2018, according to the company.

William Li, founder and chairman of the Shanghai-based electric carmaker, told Xinhua that the great potential of the Chinese market and the robust and competitive industrial base there have injected great momentum into his start-up.

The fund raised will mainly be used for research and development of products, services and technology, building sales channels and manufacturing facilities as well as the roll-out of its supply chain, according to its filing.

The company has hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and UBS as underwriters.