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SHEIN Aims for US $90 Billion Valuation in Ambitious IPO, Surpassing Trade Valuations

Published: December 14, 2023
Author: Fashion Value Chain

SHEIN, the fast fashion giant, is poised to make a significant splash in the financial markets with its highly anticipated IPO, setting its sights on a valuation range of US $80 billion to US $90 billion. This ambitious move represents a substantial leap from its recent trade valuations, although the precise timing of the IPO remains somewhat uncertain, given the prevailing market volatility.

In recent months, SHEIN has experienced fluctuations in its valuation, dipping below the US $66 billion mark it achieved during a funding round in May. Secondary market transactions have indicated a value ranging between US $50 billion and US $60 billion, signaling the concerns of investors who are closely monitoring the company’s performance. These concerns revolve around challenges such as fierce competition, allegations of copyright infringement, and potential associations with forced labor, all of which may impact SHEIN’s IPO performance.

Once touted as the world’s third most valuable startup in 2022, holding a staggering US $100 billion valuation, SHEIN has faced challenges that mirror broader market trends influenced by economic uncertainty and rising interest rates.

SHEIN’s dominance in the ultra-fast fashion sector has drawn attention to its supply chain practices. Notably, a member of Congress has called for an investigation into the company’s use of cotton sourced from China’s Xinjiang region, raising additional hurdles for SHEIN. Environmental sustainability concerns have also been voiced, echoing the wider issues plaguing the fast fashion industry.

Amidst this competitive landscape, SHEIN faces formidable rivals, including Temu, owned by Chinese e-commerce giant PDD Holdings Inc. Despite the heightened competition, SHEIN remains optimistic, projecting a net income of US $2.5 billion for the current year.

Furthermore, SHEIN is strategically diversifying its product offerings, signaling its adaptability to changing market demands. The company’s investments in firms like Sparc Group and the acquisition of the British online brand Missguided exemplify its commitment to expansion and innovation, making it a player to watch in the ever-evolving fashion industry.

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