Chinese Video-App Firm Kuaishou Launches US$5.4 Billion IPO in Hong Kong
By Joanne Chiu
Chinese video-clip and live-streaming group Kuaishou Technology is seeking to raise up to US$5.4 billion from an initial public offering, joining a string of tech companies from China that have listed in Hong Kong.
Kuaishou on Monday began taking investors’ orders for the stock sale, ahead of a listing on Feb. 5, a term sheet showed. The company is backed by Tencent Holdings Ltd. and competes with ByteDance Ltd., the Chinese group behind TikTok.
A deal of $5 billion or larger would be the biggest IPO in the world in more than a year, Dealogic figures show. It would also be the largest in Hong Kong since Budweiser Brewing Co. APAC Ltd., the Asian unit of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA., raised US$5.75 billion in September 2019.
The company is selling 365.2 million new shares at an indicative range of 105 to 115 Hong Kong dollars (US$13.54-US$14.83), according to a term sheet seen by The Wall Street Journal. It plans to fix the offer price on Jan. 29. At the top of the range, the deal implies a market capitalization of US$60.9 billion.
Kuaishou has secured 10 cornerstone investors, including Capital Group, Temasek and Fidelity Investment. They agreed to buy a combined US$2.45 billion worth of the stock whatever they are priced.
Units of Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Corp. and China Renaissance Holdings Ltd. are acting as joint sponsors for the deal.
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