China’s Xiaohongshu raises $500 million, valuation hits $20 billion – source

Man walks past the booth of Chinese startup Xiaohongshu at the Big Data Expo in Guiyang
FILE PHOTO: A man walks past the booth of Chinese startup Xiaohongshu, which means "little red book" in Chinese, at the Big Data Expo in Guiyang, Guizhou province, China May 27, 2019. Picture taken May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

November 8, 2021

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese social e-commerce app Xiaohongshu said it has raised a new round of financing from existing shareholders who increased their stakes in the firm, which a source familiar with the matter said valued the company as much as $20 billion.

The source said Xiaohongshu, whose name translates to “little red book” in Chinese, raised $500 million in the round from investors including Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings, Tencent Holdings, Alibaba Group, Genesis Capital and Tiantu Capital.

Xiaohongshu declined to comment on the figures or the investors. Details of the fundraising were first reported by Chinese tech outlet 36kr earlier on Monday.

Temasek declined to comment. Tencent, Alibaba, Tiantu Capital and Genesis Capital did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“The current round of financing mainly stems from existing shareholders who increased their stakes in the company. We thank our shareholders for their long-standing trust and continued support,” a Xiaohongshu spokeperson said.

Xiaohongshu allows users to post product reviews and share shopping experiences. Earlier this month, it was among apps ordered by Chinese regulators to rectify what they called an excessive collection of personal information.

(Reporting by Brenda Goh; Additional reporting by Anshuman Daga in Singapore, Editing by Louise Heavens)