Kanzhun and BOSS Zhipin Recruitment Have Set IPO Terms

Kanzhun is the Chinese company known for BOSS Zhipin, its mobile job recruitment platform. The company seeks a U.S. IPO.

Kathryn Underwood - Author

Jun. 10 2021, Published 10:45 a.m. ET

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Kanzhun is a Beijing-headquartered company that makes the mobile-native platform BOSS Zhipin. Recently, the company announced the terms for an IPO offering of 48 million ADSs (American depositary shares).

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Kanzhun is the largest online recruitment platform in China based on average MAU (monthly active users). The firm connects employers to job seekers through the interactive BOSS Zhipin mobile app, which is its core product. Most of Kanzhun’s enterprise clients are small and medium-sized businesses. 

Kanzhun IPO news

The recently announced terms for Kanzhun’s IPO include plans to offer 48 million ADSs at a proposed price range of $17–$19 apiece. This is the equivalent of 96 million Class A common stock shares. Other Chinese companies that have offered ADSs include Yatsen and NIO.

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Kanzhun's BOSS Zhipin recruitment app

Kanzhun’s primary product, the recruitment app BOSS Zhipin, uses proprietary AI algorithms and big data insights to drive its job matching capabilities.

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According to IPOScoop, its operating philosophy is based on giving job seekers more autonomy in the job recruitment process. For example, prospective employees must give consent for hiring companies to access their resumes and information. The platform promotes direct chat between hiring managers and job seekers.

Kanzhun isn't profitable yet.

Kanzhun has experienced rapid sales growth, but hasn't reached profitability yet. The net losses dropped to 176.2 million yuan ($27.5 million) in the first quarter of 2021 from 278.8 million yuan in the same period of 2020. The revenue increased from 282.6 million yuan in the first quarter of 2020 to 788.5 million yuan in the first quarter of 2021.

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The company has raised the equivalent of $606.2 million from institutional investors including Tencent Holdings, Capital Today, Gaorong Capital, Coatue, GGV, and MSA Capital.

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Kanzhun's valuation, stock price, and stock symbol

Kanzhun is proposing a ticker symbol of "BZ," which will list for trading on the Nasdaq Exchange. The proposed price range for the offering is $17–$19. At the midpoint of this price range, the company would raise $864 million and have a fully diluted market value of $8.2 billion, according to Renaissance Capital. The top of the price range would raise $912 million.

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When is Kanzhun going public?

The Kanzhun IPO is expected to price this week and start trading on June 11. The proceeds from the offering will be used for investing in technology infrastructure and research and development, according to Yahoo Finance.

The joint book runners on the IPO transaction are Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, UBS Investment Bank, and China Renaissance.

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How to buy Kanzhun IPO stock

Kanzhun stock will be issued in the U.S. as ADSs. Foreign companies often use ADSs to open up trading of their shares on the U.S. markets, which increases their investor base outside of their home countries. Each ADS represents two ordinary shares.

ADSs benefit U.S. investors by enabling them to more easily own shares in foreign companies. U.S. investors don’t have to deal with currency conversions when purchasing shares this way. You will need to check with your brokerage about the policies for trading ADSs.


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