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Chinese automaker BYD, backed by U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett, says its net profit for the first quarter of 2011 fell 84.4 percent year-on-year. In a filing last Wednesday, BYD reported its 2011 Q1 net profit of 266.74 million yuan ($41.2 million U.S. at the current exchange rate), compared to 1.70 billion yuan ($263 million U.S.) for the first quarter of 2010.

Today, Chinese automaker BYD will kick off its so-called IPO roadshow. The Warren Buffet-backed BYD, the darling of China's automotive industry, is looking to sell up to 79 million shares in its push to go public in China. BYD didn't disclose exactly how much coin it expects to raise in its IPO, but did say that proceeds from the offering will fund three projects that require a total investment of 5.38 billion yuan ($830 million U.S. at the current exchange rate).

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