Baihe.Com Raises $242M New Funding Ahead Of IPO

Beijing-based online dating platform has completed RMB1.5 billion (US$242 million) new round of financing, and is planning for an initial public offering on China’s domestic stock exchange by the end of this year, according to Chinese media reports.

The investors’ identities are not revealed, but reportedly include several publicly listed Chinese companies and a number of private equity and brokerage firms.

Two domestic listed companies, Shengda Mining Company Limited and Dahu Aquaculture Company Limited, disclosed in public filings that they have invested in

Shengda Mining invested RMB80 million and Dahu Aquaculture injected RMB25 million. As a result, the two firms own 5.13% and 1.6% respectively of the online dating site. plans to use the proceeds on preparation for a public float on China’s domestic stock exchanges, including reversing its VIE (Variable Interest Entity) structure to a corporate framework qualified for domestic listings.

The company previously was rumored to seek an IPO in the U.S., after rival International Ltd listed on the NASDAQ in 2011. But Chinese stock markets’ higher valuations make a float inside China more appealing than one in the U.S. markets.

Founded in 2005, previously received venure funding from GSR Ventures, Mayfiled, NEA, and Northern Light Ventures.

Nina Xiang is the co-founder and managing editor overseeing editorial content and product development at CMN. Before founding CMN in 2011, Nina worked at BusinessWeek magazine in Beijing and Institutional Investor magazine in New York, writing about business and financial services. While in New York, she also served as part-time correspondent for Shanghai's financial television channel, China Business Network, as well as China Radio International, China's national English-language radio network.