Majority shareholders vote in favor of delisting Didi from New York

(Reuters) - Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Global will delist from the New York Stock Exchange, after a majority of the company’s shareholders voted in favor of the plan, putting to rest a year-long clash with Beijing over its U.S. stock market listing.

FILE PHOTO: A screen displays trading information for ride-hailing giant Didi Global on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., December 3, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

In an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) held on Monday, 96.26% of shareholders who were present and voting, voted in favor of delisting Didi’s American Depositary Shares from the NYSE, the company said.

Of the 1.2 billion shares outstanding as of April 28 this year, members holding roughly 811.44 million shares cast their votes in the EGM.

“It’s the only option for shareholders. They were going to be in purgatory if they (Didi) persisted in their disobedience to the Chinese government,” said Thomas Hayes, chairman of Green Hill Capital.

Didi, which last month set the EGM on May 23 to vote on the delisting plans, had also said at the time it will not apply to list its shares on any other stock exchange before the delisting was complete.

There is no promise from Didi on if or when the company could successfully get the shares listed in Hong Kong after delisting from New York.

Didi has struggled to bring its business back to normal after angering Chinese regulators by pushing ahead with its $4.4 billion New York listing in June last year despite being asked to put it on hold.

Days after Didi went public, China’s powerful internet watchdog Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) launched a cybersecurity probe into the company’s data practices and ordered app stores to remove 25 mobile apps operated by Didi.

CAC also told Didi to stop registering new users, citing national security and the public interest.

The company plans to file a Form 25 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on or after June 2 to delist its ADS.

Reporting by Julie Zhu in Hong Kong and Nivedita Balu and Sohini Podder in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri