Chinese Carpooling Platform Dida Beats Frontrunner Didi Chuxing to IPO Filing

Chinese Carpooling Platform Dida Beats Frontrunner Didi Chuxing to IPO Filing

Beijing-based ride-hailing platform Dida has filed for an initial public offering to raise new funds from the capital market, ahead of its major rival Didi Chuxing, according to its prospectus filed with the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong on Wednesday.

The company has not revealed any other details concerning the IPO.

Dida runs an app allowing car owners to offer vacant seats to passengers with similar travel itineraries, allowing both to cut travel expenses. The company claims to be the largest carpooling marketplace in China, with a market share of 66.5% of total carpooling rides in 2019, according to a report by consultancy Frost & Sullivan (F&S) cited in the prospectus.

In addition to carpooling services, Dida also offers taxi-hailing services, ranking as the second largest online mobility platform in China’s taxi market in terms of the number of rides, according to the F&S report.

However, Dida does not offer as many services as Didi. The two companies both operate carpooling and taxi-hailing services, while Didi lets users order a transportation service offered by a private car owner, who just works like a taxi driver on a daily basis but is not affiliated with any taxi operator, with its Didi Express and Didi Premier platforms, respectively, while Dida does not have similar services.

Dida said in the prospectus that the company has become profitable in terms of adjusted net profit since 2019.

The company generated RMB 172.4 million (USD 26 million) in adjusted net profit in 2019 and RMB 150.8 million (USD 22.5 million) in the first half of this year even at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the mobility sector, representing an adjusted net profit margin of 29.7% and 48.6% respectively.

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