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ByteDance IPO

Chinese start-up ByteDance became a household name after launching its famous TikTok app in 2017. Discover when ByteDance is expected to list and how you can start trading the IPO today.

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How to trade the ByteDance IPO

You can trade the ByteDance IPO before and after the company lists.

  • Before the listing
  • After the listing

Trade our ‘grey market’ ahead of the Bytedance listing. The price reflects what our clients expect ByteDance’s market cap to be at the end of its first trading day.

With our grey market, you can:

  • ‘Buy’ if you think the market cap will be higher than the price indicated
  • ‘Sell’ if you think the market cap will be lower than the price indicated

What is a grey market and how does it work?

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You could trade ByteDance after the listing by speculating on its share price movements.

When you take a position with us, you can choose to trade derivatives like CFDs.

ByteDance and TikTok: what’s happening?

Speculation has been mounting for some time that ByteDance will spin TikTok off as a separate entity.

As things stand, a new entity is being created called TikTok Global, which will be 80% owned by ByteDance and 20% owned by Walmart and Oracle. The new company will be based in the US.

But, the ownership stakes are being contested by people at Oracle and Walmart, who claim that they don’t want ByteDance to have any majority ownership of TikTok Global, adding that shares will be distributed in the US. If Oracle and Walmart get their way, TikTok Global will eventually be majority owned by US firms.

ByteDance have confirmed that TikTok Global will have its own IPO in due course, separate to the ByteDance IPO.
Learn more about the expected TikTok Global IPO

When could the ByteDance IPO happen?

The date for the ByteDance IPO has not been confirmed. Speculation surrounding the IPO date has been rife, with the firm currently reported to be eyeing a 2021 listing in Hong Kong or Shanghai.

What is ByteDance’s business model?

ByteDance’s business model is centred around mobile apps and content platforms, such as the news recommendation engine Toutiao. This offers a tailor-made news feed to users based on how they interact with the content.

ByteDance relies heavily on advertising for income, but it is always looking to develop new products that could fortify its revenue stream. It has more than three times the number of active users than rival Snapchat, which held its IPO in 2017.

Is ByteDance profitable?

Yes, ByteDance is profitable, and the company is reported to have made net profits of over $3 billion from revenues of $17 billion in 2019.2 This reflected a phenomenal year of growth after the company reported a loss of $1.2 billion in 20183 from estimated revenues of $7.4 billion4.

In 2020, ByteDance reportedly generated $5.6 billion in revenue in Q1, and is targeting revenues of around $28.7 billion for the year5.

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What might happen to our ByteDance grey market price when TikTok is sold?

When TikTok is sold – in whole or in part – we will continue to price our ByteDance IPO grey market. That’s because the price reflects the balance of buyers and sellers on our platform, and therefore moves as sentiment towards ByteDance shifts.

For example, the market was volatile when Microsoft announced it was thinking of purchasing TikTok’s US business, and when Trump announced he was thinking of banning the social media platform.

As a result, it’s likely that ByteDance’s eventual ownership stake in TikTok could affect the former’s IPO valuation. Contradictory figures have been released, with some stating that ByteDance will own 80% of the video creation and sharing platform, and others saying that it won’t even control a majority.

Our analysis on the ByteDance IPO

By Chris Beauchamp

ByteDance appears to have struck a deal with Oracle and Walmart, in which the US firms will take partial ownership of TikTok Global. This convoluted deal has been agreed in order to assuage the anger of US president Donald Trump, who accused TikTok of being a threat to national security.

Under the terms of the deal Oracle and Walmart will together own 20% of the new entity, with four out of five board members, even as Mr Trump argues for the firm to come under full US control. ByteDance has found itself caught in the middle of a broader economic and political clash between the two global superpowers, involving a host of issues including tariffs, intellectual property, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the spheres of influence of the two nations.

The deal is evolving even as the clock ticks down to a potential ban on TikTok in the US, with Donald Trump keen to burnish his credentials as a defender of American security ahead of a presidential election that may well see his opponent Joe Biden take power. Investors have watched in worried fascination, aware that the result of this sale will have repercussions far beyond the actual companies involved.

The sale of part of its TikTok brand has brought into question whether ByteDance will push ahead with its IPO plans, and recent turmoil in tech stocks has also muddied the waters for any market debut. The app’s appeal around the globe is undoubted, but there is always the risk that other countries could follow the US approach as concerns about the influence of Chinese technology increases.

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How do IPOs work?

IPOs – short for ‘initial public offerings’ – happen when a company decides to list its shares on an exchange. This means the public can then buy or trade the shares.

IPOs can create a lot of public interest, especially if the company is doing well. To learn more about IPOs and how they work, watch this short video.

FAQs

Where can I find the ByteDance IPO grey market?

You can find the ByteDance IPO grey market in the ‘popular markets’ watchlist on our online trading platform.

Our ByteDance IPO grey market is the only way you can trade ByteDance before its listing, and is exclusively available to our clients.

Could I profit from the ByteDance IPO?

Yes, you could make money from the ByteDance IPO. Before the listing, you could profit by correctly predicting the direction of our exclusive grey market price – which moves to reflect expectations for the company’s market cap at the end of its first trading day.

After the listing, you could make money if you correctly predict whether the ByteDance share price will rise or fall using CFDs.

What is a grey market?

A grey market enables you to speculate on a company’s estimated market cap before its shares are released. If you think the estimated value of the company is over- or under-priced, you can use the grey market to back your prediction.

It’s important to note that, when you decide to trade the grey market, you’re trading on the estimated valuation. The official market valuation (what the market thinks the stock is worth) won’t be known until the end of the first day of trading – and it is based on the demand shown by the market that day. When this happens, the grey market will settle.

How does ByteDance make money?

ByteDance makes money by selling advertising space on its social media platforms and apps. These include Douyin, Toutiao, TikTok and Xigua Video. The company is reported to have made net profits of over $3 billion from revenues of $17 billion in 20192.

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2 Business Insider, 2020.
3 The information, 2019.
4 Bloomberg, 2020.
5 Tech Crunch, 2020.