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China Evergrande to raise US$2 billion in pre-IPO for property, car marketplace unit

China Evergrande to raise US$2 billion in pre-IPO for property, car marketplace unit

FILE PHOTO: A logo of China Evergrande Group is displayed at a news conference on the property developer's annual results in Hong Kong, China March 28, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

HONG KONG: China Evergrande Group on Monday said it will sell 10 per cent of its online real estate and automobile marketplace, Fangchebao (FCB), to 17 investors for HK$16.35 billion (US$2.10 billion), in a fundraising ahead of the unit's initial public offering (IPO).

FCB, with a pre-financing valuation of over 150 billion yuan (US$22.92 billion), could list on the Nasdaq or other suitable stock exchange, Evergrande said in a bourse filing.

The country's most indebted developer has said it would spin off several units to lower its debt amid tighter industry regulation and investor concern about its cash flow.

Its interest-bearing debt was about US$110 billion at year-end.

The firm listed Evergrande Property Services Group in December, raising US$1.8 billion. In January, China Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group Ltd said it would raise US$3.4 billion by bringing in six new investors.

China Evergrande Group's share price soared as much as 8.5 per cent in morning trade to HK$16.08.

Evergrande said the FCB deal would see half of funds raised through selling existing stock and the other half by issuing new shares. The developer will use half of the funds for its own general corporate proposes.

The 17 investors include CITIC Capital and the family of the chairman of New World Development Co Ltd, plus the chief executive of Evergrande, Xia Haijun.

Investors can request Evergrande repurchase the shares at a 15 per cent premium if FCB does not complete its IPO within one year, Evergrande said.

"The group's financial strength will greatly be enhanced, furthering the rapid development of FCB," Evergrande said.

The developer is due to announce its 2020 earnings on Tuesday.

Source: Reuters

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