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How to invest in the Didi Chuxing shares from Australia

Didi Chuxing is set to go public, here's what you need to know if you're looking to buy in.

Didi Chuxing is a Chinese ride-hailing platform founded in 2012. The company listed on the New York Stock Exchange in June, 2021.

As well as ride and taxi hailing, DiDi also offers food delivery services, electric bike sharing and other types of mobility services. Didi Chuxing operates mainly in China, but also offers its services to various countries around the world.

Find out how and where to invest in DIDI shares from Australia.

How to invest in Didi Chuxing shares from Australia

There are two main ways Australians can invest in the company.

1. Use an international brokerage account

Many Australian brokerages only offer access to Australian stock exchanges. But there are a few brokers equipped to facilitate international trade, like eToro, IG and CMC Invest.

Before you sign up, review your broker's commissions, exchange rates and potential taxes. Most important of all: make sure the platform you're interested in offers access to the international exchange you want to trade on. This information can typically be found on a broker's website.

2. Buy ETFs

You can indirectly add Didi Chuxing stock to your portfolio by investing in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the stock. Once Didi Chuxing's stock goes live, look for ETFs that add its shares to their overall holdings. By purchasing these ETFs, you'll gain indirect exposure to Didi Chuxing's stock.

You can buy global themed ETFs from a domestic brokerage account.

What we know about the Didi Chuxing IPO

At $16 a share, Didi Chuxing's IPO raised over $4.4 billion when it listed on the NYSE on June 30, 2021. The company is among the most popular ride-hailing platforms in China, backed by the likes of Alibaba, Softbank and Tencent.

Didi Chuxing’s balance sheet

Didi Chuxing was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Beijing, China. It operates as a mobile transportation platform, offering a variety of services that include ride-hailing, ride-sharing, bike-sharing and more. It serves over 10 billion passengers annually across China, Japan, Australia, Russia and Latin America.

In 2016, Didi acquired Uber China, partnered with TripAdvisor and broke records by offering over 11 million private-car rides and 14 million orders in a single day.

While we’ve yet to see a public statement from the company on the matter, sources suggest Didi generated a healthy profit in Q2 2020. As more information is released ahead of its IPO, investors will have the opportunity to learn more about the company’s balance sheet.

How are similar companies performing?

While no guarantee of performance, here’s how some of Didi Chuxing’s competitors have fared:

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