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China’s Kuaishou aims to raise up to $5.42b in HK IPO - term sheet

25 Jan 2021 / 11:05 H.

HONG KONG: Chinese online video company Kuaishou Technology is aiming to raise $4.95 billion to $5.42 billion in an initial public offering (IPO) that will be the largest in Hong Kong for more than a year, according to a term sheet reviewed by Reuters.

The online video site, backed by Tencent Holdings Ltd , will price 365.2 million shares at between HK$105 and $HK115 apiece, the term sheet shows.

Kuaishou did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

There is a so-called greenshoe option to sell a further 54.78 million shares in the 30 days after listing that could take the total amount raised up to $5.7 billion to $6.2 billion.

The IPO will value Kuaishou at between $55.6 billion and $60 billion, pre greenshoe, the term sheet showed. If the extra shares are sold it would take the market capitalisation to $56.3 billion to $61.7 billion.

Ten shareholders, led by Capital Group, have become cornerstone investors accounting for about $2.45 billion, the term sheet showed.

If Kuaishou raises $6.2 billion, it will beat the most recent largest IPO in Hong Kong which was Budweiser Brewing Company's $5.75 billion IPO in September 2019.

Above that, China Tower Corp raised $7.4 billion in August 2018. Kuaishou's deal, at the top end, will be the largest IPO in the world of a digital company since Uber Technologies raised $8.1 billion in May 2019.

Kuaishou, which means "fast hand" in Chinese, operates apps that allow user-uploaded videos as well as live-streaming programs through which vendors can promote consumer products.

The final price of the IPO will be set on Friday and Kuaishou shares will start trading on the Hong Kong exchange on February 5. - REUTERS

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