Used Car Sales Platform Uxin Files for US IPO

Used car sales platform Uxin (优信) has filed wih the SEC to raise up to US$500 million in a NASDAQ IPO.

Established in 2011, Uxin connects car buyers to individual sellers and dealers and provides financing options to both car buyers and dealers by working with third-party financial services providers.

Uxin’s major revenue sources are fees from used car sales and auto loans, with a minority from sales of salvage cars and new cars, and short-term dealer inventory financing. The company plans to discontinue its new car sales business after selling their remaining new car inventory. It hadn’t turned a profit as of March 2018.

The revenue from auto loans as a percentage of the total revenue increased to 48% in 2017, up from 38% in 2016.

Source: Uxin

In 2017 the total number of used car loan transactions and the total amount of used car loans facilitated increased 113.6% and 110.7%, respectively, from the previous year. The total outstanding principal balance of loans for new cars accounted for 8.4% of the total outstanding principal balance of auto loans as of March 2018.

The company claims its used car sales platforms for individual car owners and dealers have 41% and 42% market shares, respectively, citing research reports from iResearch. Its major local competitors include Guazi.com.

In 2017, 45% of the total transactions and 60% of the GMV were generated between individuals.

It had established more than 670 physical service centers in more than 270 Chinese cities as of March 2018.

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