E-commerce huge Alibaba raises $11 billion in share listing

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba raises $11 billion in Hong Kong share offering

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ELAINE KURTENBACH AP Service Author

November 21, 2019, 2: 53 AM

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The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has actually raised a minimum of $11 billion in a share offering in Hong Kong, netting the city’s greatest offering considering that 2010 despite recent political turmoil.

Alibaba on late Wednesday set the rate for the secondary share offering at 176 Hong Kong dollars ($2250) per share. The price is a 2.9%discount for the closing price for its shares traded in New york city. It’s likewise below the original maximum offer price of $188 Hong Kong dollars.

The company’s shares are because of start trading on Nov. 26.

The Hong Kong listing is a rare boost for Hong Kong at a time when the former British colony is embroiled in political discontent.

It’s the most significant share offering for Hong Kong because insurance provider AIA raised nearly $18 billion in an IPO in2010 Alibaba’s IPO in 2014 set a record at $25 billion.

The company’s share code, 9988, is a homonym in Chinese for “everlasting success.”

The business already has a considerable cash pile of more than $30 billion, but analysts said it’s riding the momentum from recent strong revenues, including the $384 billion in “Songs Day” sales on Nov. 11, up 26%from a year earlier.

Alibaba and competing JD.com reported combined sales of $70 billion throughout the yearly marketing event that has actually ended up being the world’s busiest online shopping day.

” The advantage for Alibaba is twofold. It can variety its shareholder base throughout the U.S.-China trade war and it can command a high rate, in part due to the fact that investors in Hong Kong are demanding something positive in the middle of the demonstrations,” Jasper Lawler of London Capital Group stated in a commentary.

If a “greenshoe” overallotment alternative is exercised, the proceeds from the offering could be as much as $129 billion.

But that’s well listed below expectations that initially were for a share offering of up to $20 billion.

The company said it wishes to utilize the profits from the share sale for methods to broaden its users, assistance businesses with “digital transformation, and continue to innovate and invest for the long term.”

Alibaba’s 2014 going public was kept in the U.S. due to regulative constraints that prevented an IPO in Hong Kong.

The company’s chairman and CEO, Daniel Zhang, provided a statement revealing the long-anticipated listing recently, saying that Alibaba “lost out on Hong Kong with regret” in its 2014 listing.

” Throughout this time of ongoing modification, we continue to believe that the future of Hong Kong stays intense. We hope we can contribute, in our small way, and take part in the future of Hong Kong,” Zhang said.

Earlier this month, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. reported a net revenue of 72.54 billion yuan ($1015 billion) in July-September.

The online retailer posted profits of 119.02 billion yuan ($1665 billion) in the duration.

Alibaba’s founder, Jack Ma, stepped down as chairman in September. He has remained on as a member of the Alibaba Collaboration, a 36- member group with the right to choose a majority of the company’s board of directors.

E-commerce leader Ma, 55, is China’s wealthiest business owner with a net worth of $39 billion, according to the Hurun Report, which tracks the nation’s wealthy.


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