Kuaishou Video Site Owner Is Said to Be Gearing Up for Hong Kong IPO
Liao Shumin
DATE:  Mar 07 2018
/ SOURCE:  Yicai
Kuaishou Video Site Owner Is Said to Be Gearing Up for Hong Kong IPO Kuaishou Video Site Owner Is Said to Be Gearing Up for Hong Kong IPO

(Yicai Global) March 7 -- Another short video site may be following in the footsteps of China's major livestreaming platforms to go for an IPO., run by Beijing One Smile Technology Co., is reported to be preparing for an IPO in Hong Kong this year despite repeated denials from the company, news site reported, citing insiders.

With Hong Kong implementing "Weighted Voting Rights," WVR, may launch an IPO in Hong Kong in 2018, said the report.'s series E financing of USD1 billion, initiated before the New Year, is about to be completed soon, it added, saying that the new funds will be used to support expansion and investment in overseas markets, in addition to the regular expenditure on servers and talent recruitment.

The latest market valuation of is about USD18 billion, the report claimed, citing the platform's fast growth over the years. The number of registered users on has jumped from 400 million to 700 million, it said, the number of daily active users has soared from 30 million to 100 million.

Stiff Competition

The short video site's fast growth will continue smoothly provided that it can outcompete operated by Byte Dance Telecommunications Co. They were locked in an intense competition last year, culminating in the bidding process for acquisition of, video social network app.

In September 2016, announced expansion into the short video distribution sector. In the same year, and, internally hatched from, were unveiled. In 2017,,, and, all affiliated to, achieved remarkable growth. Last November, spent USD1 billion acquiring the U.S. short video community app, thus creating a short video matrix that serves both domestic and foreign users.

Last October, also participated in the bidding to acquire, but in the heat of the negotiation, increased its bid and successfully acquired for USD1 billion, said.

As per statistics from third-party institution QuestMobile, during the Chinese New Year, the number of daily active users of reached 120 million, while the number of daily active users of was 62 million, 53 million, and 40 million. Although still has a commanding lead, the growth momentum of Kuaishou affiliates is formidable. is very likely to reach the target of 100 million daily active users this year in an increasingly competitive field, the report added.

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Keywords:,IPO,,Livestreaming,Online Games