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Mogu Ends Day 15% Higher, $5 Above IPO, Two Months After Debut

Since its IPO in New York, the company's stock has fallen to a low of $12.52 and soared as high as $25.69 per share.

CapitalWatch Staff
    Feb 05, 2019 3:52 PM  PT
Mogu Ends Day 15% Higher, $5 Above IPO, Two Months After Debut

Two months after its debut on Wall Street, Mogu Inc. (NYSE: MOGU) ended the day more than 15 percent higher Tuesday, $5 above its IPO price.

Although a signficant rebound, Mogu's stock still has a way to go to recapture its highest mark since Dec. 6, when the Chinese fashion retail platform, backed by Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. (HKEX: 0700), completed its initial public offering, raising $66.5 million. The company sold 4.75 million shares at $14 apiece, the low end of the expected range.

After a disappointing debut and a dive below $13 that followed, Mogu's stock reached its highest level of $25.69 per share in late December. Last month, the company witnessed some declines in the curve, but never went below its IPO level.

Today, shares in the company closed at $19 apiece, after a $2.50 gain, without any official announcement by Mogu.

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(Source: Thomson Reuters Eikon)

Hong Kong-listed conglomerate Tencent holds an 18 percent stake in Mogu, which in its early days rejected an investment offer from e-commerce giant Alibaba Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: BABA), according to TechCrunch.

Tencent, a tech and gaming giant, does not directly operate in e-commerce, but holds equity in a few major players, including Pinduoduo Inc. (Nasdaq: PDD) and JD.com Inc. (Nasdaq: JD). It connected with Mogu after the latter acquired Meili, in which Tencent was an investor.

Mogu's IPO was a big decline from $200 million which Mogu, previously known as Meili, targeted in an early filing. Last July, the company aimed for an IPO of $500 million in a confidential filing, according to Caixin Global.

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