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In a significant move, WeBuyCars, South Africa’s foremost car retailer, has made its highly anticipated debut on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), marking a monumental milestone in its journey towards further expansion and growth.

The shares of WeBuyCars opened at R20/share, above the initial public offering price of R18.75/share.

The listing has garnered widespread attention and commendation from investors and industry observers, solidifying WeBuyCars’ position as a formidable player in the automotive sector.

WeBuyCars’ listing on the JSE represents the culmination of years of strategic planning and consistent performance in the automotive industry. The company’s decision to go public was met with enthusiastic demand from investors, reflecting robust confidence in its business model and growth potential.

“It has been an amazing journey that culminated in a listing on the JSE. We are excited about the road ahead as the listing opens up many opportunities such as enhancing our brand, creating liquidity for shareholders and attracting staff,” said Faan van der Walt, CEO of WeBuyCars.

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Market Response

The response to WeBuyCars’ JSE debut has been overwhelmingly positive, with the company’s stock experiencing a notable surge in value. Analysts attribute this enthusiastic reception to several factors, including WeBuyCars’ innovative approach to car sales, its expansive customer base, and its track record of strong financial performance.

“We are thrilled to welcome WeBuyCars to the JSE and excited to see a new listing for the year,” said Valdene Reddy, Director of Capital Markets at the JSE.

The successful listing highlights WeBuyCars’ reputation as a trailblazer in the automotive industry, poised for sustained success and expansion.

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WeBuyCars’ Growth

WeBuyCars is the second listing on the JSE this year, bringing the total number of companies listed on the bourse to 283 and a market cap of R18.4 trillion.

Established in 2001, WeBuyCars has since grown to 2,800 employees, 15 supermarkets, 74 buying pods, and over 340 buyers nationwide. In February 2024 alone, the group purchased 14,354 vehicles and sold 13,132 cars, with revenue for the month standing at R1.8 billion.

WeBuyCars’ presence on the JSE

WeBuyCars’ presence on the JSE is expected to have a profound impact on the automotive landscape in South Africa and beyond. As a publicly traded company, WeBuyCars gains access to a broader pool of capital, enabling it to fuel ambitious expansion initiatives, invest in cutting-edge technology and infrastructure, and explore new avenues for growth and diversification. Moreover, the listing enhances WeBuyCars’ visibility and credibility in the market, further solidifying its position as a trusted leader in the automotive retail sector.

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