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Ding Yi / May 04, 2021 06:34 PM / Business & Tech

Waterdrop, a Chinese insurance technology startup backed by Tencent, is planning to raise as much as $360 million in an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, as the U.S. securities regulator imposes tougher auditing standards on U.S.-listed foreign firms.

The Beijing-based company is selling 30 million American depositary shares (ADSs) priced between $10 and $12 apiece, according to its updated prospectus filed Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Underwriters will be granted an overallotment option to purchase up to 4.5 million more ADSs within 30 days if demand is strong.

Investors including Boyu Capital and HOPU Investments have shown interest in subscribing to an aggregate of $210 million worth of the ADSs on offer, according to the prospectus.

Apart from general corporate purposes, Waterdrop said that it will use the proceeds to improve operations in its health care and insurance business, and enhance its research and development capabilities.

Founded in 2016, Waterdrop runs an online platform connecting insurance firms with users, as well as a medical crowdfunding platform that aims to help patients with severe illnesses raise money to pay hefty medical bills.

Waterdrop’s net loss grew to 664 million yuan ($102 million) in 2020 from 322 million yuan a year ago, despite its revenue nearly doubling, according to the prospectus.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

Related: Tencent-Backed Online Insurer Waterdrop Raises $230 Million

 


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