• January 15, 2021

RELX Files With SEC For $100 Million U.S. Stock Sale

RLX Technology, parent to the RELX brand of vaping products, has filed with the Security Exchange Commission (SEC) in the U.S. to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering (IPO).

RELX vaporizer
Credit: RELX Technology

The $100 million request is well below the $1 billion the company said it expected to raise when it announced Citigroup as the bank of record for its planned initial public offering in the U.S., people with knowledge of the matter said.

The Shenzhen-based company, which counts Sequoia Capital among its backers, boasts a 62.6 percent market share in China for closed-system vaping products in terms of retail sales, according to a press release.

“The company has partnered with 110 authorized distributors to supply its products to over 5,000 RELX Branded Partner Stores, and over 100,000 other retail outlets nationwide, covering over 250 cities in China,” the release states.

Revenue for the company nearly doubled in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to $324 million, with net income of $16 million.

The Beijing, China-based company was founded in 2018 and booked $400 million in sales for the 12 months ended September 30, 2020. It plans to list on the NYSE under the symbol RLX. RLX Technology filed confidentially on October 26, 2020. Citi is the sole bookrunner on the deal. No pricing terms were disclosed.