Monthly Archives: August 2011 tops 35,000 page views

30th August 2011 topped 35,000 page views this week, and has now had visitors from not less than 96 countries and 799 cities around the world.

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It’s the liquidity, stupid

30th August 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones Investment Banker) – Singapore Exchange Ltd. (SGX) may have made headlines this year with the listing of one of Asia’s largest IPOs, Hutchison Port Holdings Trust, and, potentially, with the proposed flotation of Manchester United F.C., but Chinese mid-caps are increasingly leaving the shores of the Lion City to seek a quotation in Hong Kong. The reasons include, above all, greater liquidity, a wider following on the part of sell-side research analysts and, ultimately, a higher valuation.

Trying us on for size

29th August 2011

Hongguo International Holdings, a shoemaker and retailer based in Nanjing, is set to begin investor education for an IPO of US$200 million to US$300 million in Hong Kong. Book building is due to start towards the middle of next month, subject to market conditions.

South China Morning Post opinion article

29th August 2011

The market rout and volatility in Asia, and around the world, is likely to lead to an increasing number of cornerstone tranches in IPOs. Very much a feature of new listings in Hong Kong and, to a lesser extent, Singapore, cornerstone investors are large institutions that commit in advance to buying a fixed, pre-agreed allocation in a transaction.

SGX joins Premier League with Man. United float

24th August 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones Investment Banker) – News that Manchester United plans to list 25% to 30% of its shares in a US$1 billion IPO on Singapore’s SGX came as a surprise – HKEx was very much expected to play host to the club, rather than Singapore’s smaller listing venue. A long-standing global focus at the exchange and clever marketing, as well as technical factors, may explain the decision.

New China Life – fresh impetus for insurance stocks

22nd August 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones Investment Banker) – New China Life Insurance Co. Ltd (NCI) is set to come to market in both Hong Kong and Shanghai in October, with an IPO of US$3 billion to US$4 billion. If successful, it would become only the fifth listed insurance company from mainland China.

A good year – getting better – for Asian convertibles?

18th August 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones Investment Banker) – It’s gone largely unnoticed against the background of some eye-catching equity deals in Asia in the first half of the year – including the listings of Glencore, Hutchison Port Holdings Trust, Samsonite and Prada S.p.A. – and the recent market meltdown, but 2011 has so far been a pretty good year for convertible bonds.

Sheng Siong’s confusing IPO messages

16th August 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones Investment Banker) – Supermarket operator Sheng Siong kicked off its domestic Singapore IPO on August 5 through OCBC Bank. The offer price is SGD0.33, translating into a deal size of US$96 million equivalent. Excluding a 15% overallotment option, the IPO comprises 351.5 million shares – representing just over 26% of the company – of which about 57% are for new money, with the balance being sold by the founding family.



I have set up this blog to report notable events on international IPOs.

These include particularly remarkable transactions, changes in market practice (whether pertaining to documentation, valuation or marketing techniques) and regulations, as well as appointments in the sphere of equity capital markets (ECM).

Although the blog has a bias towards the Asia-Pacific region, since this is where I am based, it is intended to be global in both its scope and outlook.

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