Baidu shares debut in Hong Kong secondary listing

Robin Li Yanhong, co-founder and chief executive officer of Baidu in Beijing, China in October 2018.

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GUANGZHOU, China — Baidu shares rose just less than 1% at the open in the firm’s Hong Kong debut Tuesday.

The Chinese technological innovation giant, which is previously shown in the U.S., lifted $3.1 billion in the Hong Kong secondary listing. Shares pared people gains through early morning trade.

As opposed to first public choices, secondary listings may possibly not be greeted with significant initially-day rallies as shares of the organization are now buying and selling on an additional exchange.

The Hong Kong listing is a large minute for Baidu, China’s largest look for motor. The business has experienced a rough couple yrs from mid-2018 and lagged at the rear of rivals such as Alibaba and Tencent. Baidu unsuccessful to shift promptly as Chinese end users flocked to cell lookup and a hard marketing marketplace damage the company.

But a turnaround, led by CEO Robin Li, has centered on convincing traders that the engineering big is a chief in artificial intelligence and autonomous driving in a bid to diversify its revenue stream further than advertising. And that looks to having to pay off.

In mid-May well 2018, Baidu’s U.S.-shown shares closed at $284.07 a share, a history higher at the time. But the stock subsequently fell more than 70% to a trough of $83.62 in March 2020 amid the stock market place crash. That was the most affordable near because April 2013.

But considering the fact that the March 2020 reduced, shares have rallied around 200%. Baidu shares hit an all time superior of $354.82 in February.

“I imagine EV (electric powered motor vehicles) is aspect of the story. At the same time, cloud computing, integrating AI, these are all the places wherever Baidu has been investing in very heavily truly given that 2014 and we are just beginning to see the fruits of those people labors,” Brendan Ahern, chief financial investment officer at KraneShares, informed “Squawk Box Asia” on Tuesday.

Baidu has an autonomous driving program identified as Apollo which can be marketed to automakers. The firm commenced a standalone electric powered auto company in partnership with Chinese carmaker Geely. Baidu is also testing robotaxis in cities together with in Beijing. And very last month, the business released a intelligent transportation project in the southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou, its major nonetheless.

James Lee, U.S. and China world wide web analyst at Mizuho Securities, has a $350 price tag focus on on Baidu’s U.S.-stated shares, which is 31% better than Monday’s closing value on Wall Avenue. He mentioned that the autonomous driving business could be valued at $40 billion and that the Chinese authorities will carry on to aid this marketplace with favorable guidelines. Lee also said he expects Baidu’s promotion organization to carry on to attain momentum in the 1st quarter of this yr.

“We do like the fundamentals of the company and we continue on to count on the Baidu shares will outperform the marketplace,” Lee advised “Road Symptoms Asia” on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Baidu has been hunting to additional diversify its revenue streams. The organization has raised dollars for its Kunlun artificial intelligence semiconductor unit which is valued at $2 billion.