Shein files for IPO, eyes $90 billion valuation amid global expansion

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Shein files for IPO, eyes $90 billion valuation amid global expansion
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Singapore-based fast-fashion retailer Shein has confidentially filed for an initial public offering (IPO), eyeing a massive $90 billion valuation. The company, which has surpassed fashion industry giants like Zara and H&M (ST: HMb ) in the US market, is working with an impressive lineup of financial advisors, including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM ), and Morgan Stanley, to guide the process.

Shein's aggressive pricing strategy and an extensive array of styles have fueled its rapid growth, allowing it to dominate the fast-fashion landscape in the United States. As part of its global strategy, Shein is not only expanding its reach with physical pop-up stores, such as the one recently unveiled in Times Square (NYSE: SQ )'s former Forever-21 location but also enhancing its operational capabilities with new distribution centers across North America and Europe. These strategic moves aim to accelerate delivery times and improve customer satisfaction.

In addition to its commercial endeavors, Shein is venturing into emerging markets by broadening its manufacturing operations into countries like Brazil, Turkey, and India. This expansion is part of the brand's ambition to cement its international presence and cater to a global audience.

However, the company's meteoric rise has not been without controversy. Shein faces scrutiny over labor and environmental practices within its supply chain. US senators have previously inquired about the brand's labor conditions, and CEO Chris Xu has been approached for insights into alleged labor malpractices. Despite these concerns, Marcelo Claure's interview in October highlighted that there is no current forced labor within the company, and efforts are being made to rectify past supply chain issues.

The official disclosure of Shein's secret filing plans, initially reported by Chinese media, has set the stage for what could be one of the most significant public listings in the fashion industry. With the IPO expected to launch next year, the market is keenly awaiting further details and commentary from the advising banks on their involvement in this landmark event.

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