(Bloomberg) -- China Evergrande Group and its property management arm are seeking to raise as much as HK$15.8 billion ($2.04 billion) in a Hong Kong initial public offering of the unit, Evergrande Property Services Group Ltd. said Sunday.
The sale of 1.62 billion shares comprises 50% new stock and 50% sale shares and the price range has been set at HK$8.50 to HK$9.75 apiece.
The Shenzhen-based developer secured 23 cornerstone investors who agreed to subscribe for HK$7.2 billion of stock in the IPO.
The cash raised would help Evergrande pare back a $120 billion debt pile under a more stringent oversight of developers’ fundraising activities by Chinese regulators. The nation’s housing watchdog and central bank have asked some of the biggest developers including Evergrande to report their financing, debt and business data on the 15th of every month, Bloomberg News reported.
Evergrande owns about 72% of the property services arm, according to the preliminary prospectus. The subsidiary plans to use the money raised for acquisitions and investment, to upgrade its technology and to recruit talent.
The IPO is part of a trend of China’s developers spinning off management units in Hong Kong at a record pace. About $4.59 billion has been raised through property management IPOs this year, overtaking 2019’s record $3.26 billion, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
Huatai International Ltd., UBS Group AG, ABC International, CCB International, Citic Securities Co. and Haitong International are joint sponsors of the offering.
In August, Evergrande raised $3 billion by selling a stake in its property management arm to investors including Tencent Holdings Ltd. Companies linked to Citic Capital Holdings, the wife of billionaire mogul Joseph Lau and the family investment arm of New World Development Co. billionaire Henry Cheng, are also among the pre-IPO investors.
Evergrande Property Services plans to market the offering between Nov. 23-26, with pricing and allocation expected to be determined on Nov. 26. Shares are set to begin trading Dec. 2.
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