Chinese lidar maker Hesai to raise up to $171 million in U.S. IPO

A lidar sensor from Hesai company on top of a vehicle in Shenzhen, China on Jul. 10 2022.

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China’s Hesai Group on Friday announced plans to raise as much as $171 million in an initial public offering in the United States, according to a term sheet.

The Shanghai-based lidar maker will offer up to 9 million American depositary shares (ADS) at between $17 and $19 apiece.

Laser-based lidar sensors help self-driving cars detect objects ahead and around the vehicle and are the key components of autonomous driving systems.

To date, Hesai has raised over $500 million, according to the company’s website. Its investors include XiaomiMeituan, Bosch and Baidu.

Hesai’s IPO is the first major offering by a Chinese firm since the country scrapped most of its Covid curbs and reopened its borders.

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It is also among a few major U.S. listings of a Chinese firm since Beijing tightened its grip on overseas share sales in July 2021 and struck a landmark auditing deal with Washington in August last year that sharply lowered the likelihood of de-listing for more than 200 New York-listed Chinese companies.

Chinese carmaker Geely Automobile Holdings’ electric car brand, Zeekr, confidentially filed for a U.S. initial public offering in December.

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