Chinese-founded fast-fashion retailer Shein has recently filed confidentially to go public in the U.S., according to sources familiar with the matter. With a valuation of $66 billion, Shein could potentially make its debut on public markets by 2024.
However, the company’s current valuation is uncertain as it has been a topic of debate among Shein and its advisors. Filing confidentially allows companies to communicate with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) privately and make necessary adjustments.
Shein has gained popularity globally for its fashion-forward designs, wide range of products, and affordable prices. Despite its success, the company has faced numerous challenges including allegations of forced labor, labor law violations, environmental harm, and design theft.
The House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party is currently investigating Shein, and lawmakers have raised concerns about forced labor within its supply chain. The company has acknowledged the presence of forced labor and has taken steps to address the issue.
In preparation for its U.S. initial public offering (IPO), Shein has made notable changes. It appointed Donald Tang as executive chair and has been more open and active, hosting public events. Shein has also acquired a stake in Sparc Group and formed a partnership with Forever 21 for a co-branded clothing line.
Nevertheless, Shein still needs to establish trust with U.S. regulators. Its CEO, Sky Xu, remains mysterious as she does not give interviews or speak publicly about the company.
The company has chosen prestigious investment banks Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Morgan Stanley as the lead underwriters for its IPO. These banks will play a crucial role in Shein’s public offering, helping navigate the complexities of the market.
As Shein prepares to enter the U.S. public markets, its journey will be closely watched by investors and industry observers. The company’s ability to address its challenges while capitalizing on its global popularity will be a determining factor in its success as a publicly traded company.