Chinese ride-hailing firm reports 1.7 percent decline in third-quarter revenue amid heavy scrutiny from Beijing.

China’s ride-hailing firm Didi Global on Wednesday reported a 1.7 percent decline in third-quarter revenue, as its domestic business took a hit from a regulatory crackdown.

Daniel Zhang, the chief executive officer of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, who had served as a director on Didi’s board since 2018, has resigned, the company said.

Chinese authorities have come down hard on Didi after its New York Stock Exchange listing in June, demanding it take down its app from mobile app stores while the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) investigated its handling of customer data.

The restriction hit Didi, co-founded in 2012 by former Alibaba employee Will Wei Cheng and backed by SoftBank Group, which was the dominant ride-hailing company in China.

The company now faces stiff competition from ride-hailing services by automakers Geely and SAIC Motortec.

Under pressure from Chinese regulators concerned about data security, Didi in December succumbed and decided to delist from the New York Stock Exchange and pursue a Hong Kong listing.

Europe expansion

Shares of Didi, which had soared in their IPO giving the company a valuation of $80 billion and marking the biggest U.S. listing by a Chinese firm since 2014, have since declined 65 percent.

Didi said on Wednesday its board had authorized the company to pursue a listing of its Class A ordinary shares on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

“The company is executing the above plans and will update investors in due course,” Didi said.

Revenue for the third quarter ended September 30 fell to 42.7 billion yuan ($6.71bn) from 43.4 billion yuan ($6.81bn) a year earlier.

Didi, which is expanding its presence in Europe and South America, said revenue from its international operations nearly doubled to 966 million yuan ($151.6m) in the quarter.

Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was 25.91 yuan ($4.07).

Source: Al Jazeera

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