Korean SoftBank-Backed E-Commerce Giant Coupang Is Launching IPO in 2021

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by Daria Rud · 3 min read
Korean SoftBank-Backed E-Commerce Giant Coupang Is Launching IPO in 2021
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Some experts consider Coupang as an unprofitable company. However, it may change as Coupang is preparing for an IPO.

The largest electronic commerce company in South Korea Coupang Corp. is launching IPO (Initial Public Offering) in 2021. The company has declined to provide any comments on the news, but those familiar with the matter state that the information is accurate.

It is notable that some consider Coupang as an unprofitable company. However, it attracts investors and expands its services. It is also seen as a strong rival by South Korea’s biggest food delivery app Woowa Brothers Corp. that sold an 87% stake to Delivery Hero SE in 2019.

SK Securities analyst woo stated:

“Assuming Coupang lists shares in the U.S., it might get a conservative valuation as a loss-making unicorn, owing to WeWork’s IPO failure.”

Coupang Corp. and Its Activity

Coupang is one of the fastest-growing consumer internet companies in the world. Founded by Bom Kim in 2010, Coupang operates as an online retail platform through which it sells a range of products. The company has its own delivery and distribution infrastructure, including warehouses, distribution centers, and fulfillment centers. Based in Seoul, Coupang also has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Mountain View, New York, and Seattle.

According to MIT Technology Review, Coupang is one of the “50 Smartest Companies in the World”. Besides, it is included in the Forbes list of “30 Global Game Changers”.

The company has got numerous investments from SoftBank. In November 2018, Coupang received $2 billion from the SoftBank-owned Vision Fund. As a result of the investment, the valuation of Coupang jumped to $9 billion. Moreover, over the last year, its sales increased by over 60%. The news that Coupang is launching IPO may further improve its position on the e-commerce market.

South Korea as the World’s Leading Market

By the way, South Korea is the fifth-largest e-commerce market in the world. However, In 2021, Korea has all the chances to take the third position after China and the U.S.

Moreover, South Korea is famous as a country with a high level of crypto-awareness. The country has an extremely high number of cryptocurrency users. Besides, the Korean authorities are crypto-friendly and usually the first to introduce new regulations and laws regarding cryptocurrencies. In December 2019, with a view to creating a foundation for the operations of cryptocurrency businesses, South Korea’s National Policy Committee announced working on a new law for regulating cryptocurrencies in the country.

Considering the attitude of South Korea to blockchain and cryptos, it is no surprise the country is the leading one in the tech industry. The country is open to new innovations and eager to boast cutting-edge technologies, that’s why Korean companies are not afraid to take risks and try new developments.

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Daria Rud
Author Daria Rud

Daria is an economic student interested in the development of modern technologies. She is eager to know as much as possible about cryptos as she believes they can change our view on finance and the world in general.

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