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Nov 20, 2019

Alibaba's US$11B listing to propel Hong Kong to regain top IPO spot

Alibaba Raises $11 Billion in Biggest Hong Kong Listing Since 2010

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Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s US$11 billion Hong Kong listing is set to propel the financial hub to the top spot globally in terms of fundraising from initial public offerings.

The share sale by the e-commerce giant is a huge boon for Hong Kong, which has been rocked by increasingly violent anti-government protests and earlier this year lagged rival New York exchanges in IPO volumes.

Companies have raised US$22.6 billion from IPOs listing on Hong Kong’s stock market this year, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Alibaba’s listing is set to push that to about US$33.8 billion, just ahead of the US$33.5 billion raised by companies listing on the Nasdaq. Companies have raised US$31 billion so far on the New York Stock Exchange.

Hong Kong held the top spot last year thanks to a number of multibillion dollar IPOs but dropped to fourth place earlier this year as offerings dwindled. It has been No. 1 for three of the past five years: in 2018, 2016 and 2015.

After a summer drought marked by Anheuser-Busch InBev NV’s failure to pull off a US$9.8-billion IPO of its Asian unit, Hong Kong managed a rebound in the autumn, topping all other exchanges for first-time share sales over September and October.

Alibaba’s smooth sailing in its share sale so far is proof that Hong Kong remains a viable fundraising venue despite raging protests that have forced the cancellation of multiple events and a U.S.-China trade war that has roiled markets.

Still, 2019 is far from over and New York’s markets could still stage a comeback given Hong Kong’s razor-thin lead. And Alibaba’s successful listing does not mean the door is open for everyone. On Monday South African gold mining company Heaven-Sent Gold Group Co. had to shelve its Hong Kong IPO because of "market conditions."

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UPCOMING LISTINGS:

Alibaba Group Holding
• Hong Kong exchange
• Size about US$11 billion
• Pricing Nov. 20; listing Nov. 26
• Credit Suisse, CICC

Postal Savings Bank of China

• Shanghai exchange
• Size US$4.1 billion
• Taking orders Nov. 28
• Citic Securities, CICC, China Post Securities, UBS Securities

China Zheshang Bank

• Shanghai exchange
• Size US$1.9 billion
• Took orders Nov. 14; listing date TBA
• Citic Securities

Pharmaron Beijing

• Hong Kong exchange
• Size up to US$588 million
• Pricing Nov. 21; Listing Nov. 28
• CLSA, Goldman Sachs, Orient Capital

Venus Medtech
• Hong Kong exchange
• Size up to US$400 million
• PDIE Nov. 11-22
• Goldman Sachs, CICC, Credit Suisse, China Merchants Securities

China Merchants Commercial Reit
• Hong Kong exchange
• Size about US$400 million
• Started gauging demand Nov. 14; listing date TBA
• Citigroup

Canaan
• Nasdaq
• Size US$110 million
• Pricing Nov. 20
• Citigroup, China Renaissance, CMBI, Galaxy Digital, Huatai Securities, Tiger Brokers, Haitong International

Bangkok Commercial Asset Management
• Thailand stock exchange
• Size up to $1.16 billion
• Listing date TBA
• Trinity Securities, Kasikorn Securities

Longyan Zhuoyue New Energy
• Shanghai Star board
• Size $191 million
• Took orders Nov. 11; listing date TBA
• Yingda Securities

More ECM situations we are following:

• Wall Street banks working on Saudi Aramco’s share sale are set to lose out on a highly-anticipated fee windfall after the deal was pared back from a record global offering to a mainly domestic affair.

• SDIC Power Holdings is considering proceeding with an offering of global depositary receipts representing A shares of the company, according to a statement.

• An investor in the sports unit of Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin’s real-estate-to-entertainment group is leading a lawsuit against the company, alleging Wanda Sports Group Co. and its bankers disseminated false and misleading statements related to a July initial public offering.

• Yeahka Ltd., a Chinese payment technology services provider, is planning to raise about US$300 million in an initial public offering in Hong Kong, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

SEE ALSO

• Asia ECM Weekly Agenda
• IPO data
• U.S. ECM Watch
• EU ECM Watch

--With assistance from Zhen Hao Toh.