BEIJING, February 10 (TMTPOST) -- Cloopen Group Holding Limited on Tuesday floated its initial public offering on the NYSE at a price above its price range, marking the first IPO of a Chinese cloud-based communications service provider in the United States.
Cloopen Group, under the symbol of RAAS, priced 20 million American depository shares (“ADSs”), each representing two ordinary shares, at a price of US$16.00 per ADS. The price range announced in the preliminary prospectus dated February 3 was between US$13 and US$15 per ADS. The stock opened at US$27 and soared to a high of US$59 and closed at US$48 on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, another two Chinese firms, namely Adagene and Global Internet of People, also made their debuts on the U.S. equity markets, demonstrating the continuation of Chinese businesses listing in the United States. The three companies all posted strong performance.
Cloopen’s IPO is likely to raise US$320 million prior to the exercise of a green shoe option, implying the company’s market value of over US$2.5 billion.
Goldman Sachs, CITIC and China International Capital Corporation are acting as joint bookrunners of the offering.
Like the cloud communications platform company Twilio at the time of its IPO in 2016, Cloopen is registering a net loss. The company said in its prospectus that they “do not expect to pay dividends in the foreseeable future” after the IPO, suggesting investors to rely on "price appreciation of the ADSs" for return on their investment.
However, its revenue growth in the past few years is impressive. Cloopen reported revenues of about RMB501 million (about US$72 million) for 2018 and RMB650 million (about US$96 million) for 2019, showing a year-over-year increase of 29.74%, according to the prospectus filed with U.S. securities regulator SEC. In the first 9 months of 2020, the company posted RMB509 million (about US$75 million), representing an increase of 19.48% from the same period of 2019.
As of the end of 2019, Cloopen Group was the largest multi-capability cloud-based communications solution provider in China in terms of revenues. It is the only provider in China that offers a full set of cloud-based communications solutions, covering communications platform as a service, cloud-based contact centers, and cloud-based unified communications and collaborations. As of September 30, 2020, the company had an active customer base of over 12,000 enterprises and a 95% dollar-based net customer retention rate for solutions offered on a recurring basis.
The company has an experienced management team, with CEO and CFO in their 40s and CTO in his 50s. Changxun Sun, the company’s founder, has also served as Chairman and CEO since its inception in 2012. Prior to the founding of the company, Sun was the chief engineer and vice president of research and development of Beijing Hisunsray Information Technology Co., Ltd. from August 2000 to August 2013. From July 1998 to August 2000, he served as a software engineer at the research and development center of PCI-Suntek Technology Co. Ltd. (SHEX: 600728). Sun holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (1998), and an MBA from Tsinghua University (2009).
Use of proceeds
The Beijing-based company said in its prospectus that the primary purposes of this offering are to increase its financial flexibility, retain talented employees by providing them with equity incentives and obtain additional capital.
The net proceeds of this offering will be allocated to the following aspects: about 30% is to be used for enhancing and upgrading the company’s existing solutions and introducing new ones; about 30% for further investing in technologies, especially in video and artificial intelligence; about 30% for pursuing strategic investments and acquisitions; and the remaining 10% for working capital and general corporate purposes.