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Chinese drone maker seeks at least $500m in funds ahead of its IPO

DJI, the world’s largest non-military drone manufacturer, is in talks with investors to nab somewhere between $500m and $800m from investors, via a 1-2 combo of new equity and debt, ahead of their planned IPO. The funding would value the...


March 23, 2018

DJI, the world’s largest non-military drone manufacturer, is in talks with investors to nab somewhere between $500m and $800m from investors, via a 1-2 combo of new equity and debt, ahead of their planned IPO.

The funding would value the firm at about $15B — almost double its $8m valuation in 2015.

“What are your intentions with my funding?”

According to Reuters, one of the reasons for the move is to capitalize on how hot Chinese tech stocks are right now, which have reportedly catapulted valuations to “heady” levels for many companies.

They’re also looking to expand into new drone sectors such as agriculture, energy, construction, and infrastructure inspection.

Seems like a no-brainer in the drone world

The company already commands 70% of the global commercial and consumer drone market, reportedly netting $2.9B in 2017 in sales — a number that’s expected to fly even higher this year. 

According to research firm IDC, global drone spending is likely to reach $9B this year and grow at an annual rate of 30% in the next 5. And we still can’t fly one for more than 30 seconds without crashing…

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