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4 Q&As About DiDi's Plans To Delist

Dec. 03, 2021 10:58 AM ETDiDi Global Inc. (DIDIY)59 Comments


  • DiDi Global has decided to succumb to regulatory pressure and delist from the New York Stock Exchange.
  • DiDi plans to pursue a listing of its common shares on an international exchange.
  • In this article, I am answering four key questions regarding the decision to delist, including whether DiDi will pay at least $14 to redeem American Depositary Shares.
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DiDi Global Inc. (DIDI) has finally decided to succumb to regulatory pressure and delist from the New York Stock Exchange. Just last week, Bloomberg reported the Cyberspace Administration of China was exerting pressure on DiDi to go

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Comments (59)

Interstellar Investments profile picture
When Didi delist to OTC, it will be done alright, a forgotten stock with limited liquidity and under the control of the CCP

It will trade sideways for next 5 years, as a shareholder, you won’t make any money
Jason Z profile picture
DIDI is done, the CCP controlled media are savagely attacking the Liu Family for alleged treason, Liu family owns Lenovo and DIDI, they will probably soon be arrested, and the companies nationalized. Evergrande is about to be nationalized too, it's all part of CCP's plan, they cut off all bank refinancing to Evergrande, to make sure it will quickly bankrupt and then nationalized.

I think BABA is next on the list to be nationalized, after Evergrande and DIDI.
tmdoherty profile picture
@Jason Z I don't think even the Chinese government is quite stupid enough to nationalize Evergrande. Not now.

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Evergrande, the embattled Chinese property developer, has defaulted on its debt, according to Fitch Ratings.
The credit ratings agency on Thursday downgraded the company and its subsidiaries to "restricted default," meaning that the firm has failed to meet its financial obligations.

Fitch said the downgrade reflects the company's inability to pay interest due earlier this week on two dollar-denominated bonds. The payments were due a month ago, and grace periods lapsed Monday.
when DIDI moves to OTC, price will stabilize. it will be a good time to buy then. Tencent was smart listing to OTC, avoiding these problems
tmdoherty profile picture
@karondongotbanned Wonder how you'll feel when the CCP and Xi decide they will simply nationalize DIDI and eliminate shareholders, "in the best interests of the common people."

They can easily do this, you know, and I could make a convincing argument why they might, or should. And they could do the same to TCEHY.
muishin profile picture
@tmdoherty I'd like to hear why nationalizing private businesses will be in the best interest of the CCP, especially when China runs 2 stock exchanges themselves and is trying to attract foreign and domestic investors in order to move away from investments concentrated in just real estate.
tmdoherty profile picture
@muishin Simple greed, combined with the power to do so. It's not a question of will this happen or not. The CCP has its fingers in all pies, and whether they formally nationalize a company is moot.

1) They can justify this as an attempt to address the horrendous wealth gap that has developed in China. "Robin Hood CCP steals from the rich and gives to the poor!"

2) Remember, government ownership of businesses is nothing new in China. The vast network of SOEs account for 50% of total industrial assets, and about 30% of GDP.

3) China is trying to attract foreign investors? Really? Then why do they forbid laowai capital from owning ANYTHING in China, including stocks? Why do they demand that laowai with capital invested in China just shut up and never say anything "disrespectful" about China at all? Why are they gradually pulling all Chinese companies back to the Chinese exchanges, which are basically more akin to the wild wild west in terms of financial reporting and auditing requirements? Essentially, the self-serving CCP oversees all this activity now, and as with everything else, they will deal with this not according to the law, but according to what suits them best.

4) That's not a viable plan to diversify away from real estate across sectors. Would it make YOU more secure with investing in Chinese stocks that only trade in China? What's different?

5) What do you do about the rampant RE development companies, who account for 30% of GDP, and who must keep developing new RE projects at break-neck speed just so they can make their interest payments? Do you tell them to slow down or stop, and risk them defaulting on debt and causing economic catastrophe?

C'mon. You simply can not. China is between a rock and a hard place.
DIDI will be caught in purgatory. US based institutional investors will have no choice but to jettison these shares if DIDI doesn’t stick around on US based exchanges and DIDI will likely drift even lower because it is a heavily indebted company in need of a massive amount of public investment dollars much harder to come by in the US.
tmdoherty profile picture
@Moomoo22u2 Yeah. Delisting makes exactly no sense, unless you are a Stable Genius like Xi Jinping of course. DIDI is in deep trouble, and of course that's why the markets revalued the stock to an all-time low on Friday.
Shaduc profile picture
12/4 update from HK:
Beijing-based Didi will not qualify for a secondary listing, as its five-month-long listing in New York falls short of Hong Kong’s two-year minimum requirement for such a flotation. It is likely to seek a dual-primary listing in Hong Kong, if this happens before its US stocks are delisted. Such a listing will be subject to regulatory scrutiny on par with the US bourses, industry players said.
SBau profile picture
@Shaduc Seems like "good" news!?
Prudent Finances profile picture
Is there any risk of a takeunder to buyback the shares?

Or the company tanks the stock price on purpose in order to buyback the shares at a lower price?
I'm not quite understanding why an NYSE ADR lisiting poses a threat to the privacy of sensitive (China) customer data. Is sensitive customer data disclosed during listing of a VIE?
MagnetismCapital profile picture
@fanboi it’s not, this is an example of childish Chinese culture (I.E respect for informal instructions based on a “suggestion” by regulators) and this is an attempt to restore face to regulators so they can say “look, DIDI is coming home, don’t disobey our informal non-specific “suggestions”
The listing needs to be approved by the SEC does anyone know what that price may be for an approval?
@Eagleriver It should be $14
it is better for every DIDI share holder to ask his broker about the legal regulations applied in similar case for any company asking for de listing of its shares from exchange
So didi shares will trade on the Hong Kong exchange and current U.S. listed shares will covert to American depository shares ( ADSs). So why is everyone freaking out.
Shaduc profile picture
@Pisang the overall mkt is lofty.
Some bloomberg said today that only 10% are over valued
@Pisang it isn’t clear whether your receipts nor Cayman Islands’ governance laws guarantees the conversion.

It also isn’t clear whether your receipts would be available to trade OTC.

It also isn’t clear what Didi would be buying back, since you don’t own company shares, you own a receipt. They’d only need to buy back from the shell company in the Cayman Islands, and it isn’t clear whether your receipt guarantees that money gets funneled to the receipt owners.

And if that contract guarantees it, it isn’t clear whether there’s any legal recourse to enforce that contract. Or if it’d be worth the legal expenses.
@Pisang because unlike BABA it still has not listed on Hong Kong
Godspeed Trader profile picture
It's a good buy.

Reply: Yeah, a good bye.

I'm a buyer at $1.40
A Contrarian profile picture
There is no obligation and rationale to promise $14. Let them list on another exchange and let market decide the price. This is how it should work and happened to China Mobile.
Who is buying all those DIDI shares that fearful U.S. investors are abandoning? Maybe the CCP or maybe even DIDI? Any shares they buy at $6 or less will not need to be bought at $14. I’m holding.
Shaduc profile picture
@Pisang CCP doesn't have to buy shares
@Shaduc I know
@Pisang it seems smart money has unloaded all their shares to us, the dumb money, 9% is being held by institutions, 91% retail.
Assume an IPO in Hong Kong and whatever DIDI shares are worth here. They can risk arb it but why would they pay $14.00? If there was any such belief today's trading action would not be what it was.
@Brucejfern it’s not about belief. It’s about fear of the unknown.
jimgcpa profile picture
$14 isn't happening. Get real. Chinese do not care about reimbursing US investors.
What is your reasoning/ logic for believing they will offer $14 per share? Why will they not just let it go bust and screw all the USA investors?
Dilantha De Silva profile picture
@DKFord01 I am not saying they will offer $14 per share because they can (as far as I understand) look for other options as well. But if they indeed decide to redeem ADSs by paying a certain amount, then I believe DiDi will at least pay $14 because not doing so will only increase the regulatory pressure on them - this time from US regulators. Now that's the one last thing they would want amid all this chaos, don't you agree?
@Dilantha De Silva You are not reasonable - there is no point for DIDI redeeming shares over the current share price. Why would any company buy own shares over the market price, come on - they would hurt all the shareholders in the process in any case. Your x ADRs will be just converted into x HKG shares and thats its. Nothing illegal of that. There probably will be OTC market in NYSE for the shares.

People are totally nuts thinking a company would bail their bad investments out (facepalm). The level of disscussion on SA has really plummeted in recent times.
brightlake profile picture
@DKFord01 The author are in moments of negative IQ. lol
Baloney Sandwitch profile picture
Didi is already listed in Mexico. I think the main issue is the VIE structure.
@Baloney Sandwitch LOL. They are listed in Mexico exactly through the VIE structure.
Dr Dog profile picture
Dr Dog
03 Dec. 2021
I know this day will come when the first day of the company listed. As growing up China, knowing the system, scammers comes from there from top to bottom.
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