Ant Financial-backed Hello Chuxing seeks hefty financing that would take valuation to USD 4 billion – KrASIA

What happened: Chinese bike-rental platform Hello TransTech (formerly Hello Bike) is reportedly seeking to raise several hundred million dollars in new financing that would bump its valuation to $4 billion. In December, the company secured RMB 4 billion (around $580 million) in a financing round led by Alibaba’s Ant Financial and Primavera Capital Group, which valued the company at more than $2.5 billion.

Why it’s important: In February, the ride-hailing company launched its carpooling service in a bid to capture a larger share of the mobility market. At the time, the company said it would put RMB 500 million into promoting the new service, which is similar to ride-hailing giant Didi’s Hitch platform which has been suspended since September after the murders of two female passengers. Bloomberg reported last month the cash-hungry company was seeking to raise between $500 million to $1 billion. Co-founder Li Kaizhu said in an interview earlier this year that the company would seek an IPO in the future but did not specify a timeframe.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.