Chinese bike rental company Youon Bike, backed by Ant Financial and Shenzhen Capital Group, has completed an initial public offering on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, raising RMB581 million (US$87 million). It is the first stock market listing by any of the dozens of bike sharing companies in China.
Youon started in 2010 as an operator of government-funded bike rental schemes in small cities and towns across the country. It entered the GPS-enabled bike sharing market during the second half of 2016, when so-called bike sharing became the rage among urban dwellers and venture capitalists alike. GPS-enabled bike sharing allows users to rent, ride and return vehicles at any time and any location.
At end of 2016, Youon operated 32,000 public bike stations with around 890,000 public bikes available in 210 cities. It has deployed around 50,000 dock-...
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