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Grab, Coupang shares rebound as investors cheer cost-cutting

IPO prospects remain uncertain despite gains by Asian tech stars

DYLAN LOH and TSUBASA SURUGA, Nikkei staff writers | Singapore

SINGAPORE -- The share performance of recently listed Asian tech companies has diverged dramatically this year as investors reward managements that have cut costs and committed to improving profitability and punish those with less certain prospects.

The recent winners include several companies -- such as Singaporean tech platform Grab and South Korea's top e-commerce outfit, Coupang -- that soared in 2021 and then plunged in 2022 as investors shifted their focus from the long-term promise of startups to their bottom lines.

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