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JD Logistics launches Hong Kong IPO to raise up to US$3.4 billion

JD Logistics launches Hong Kong IPO to raise up to US$3.4 billion

A staff member wearing a face mask works at JD.com's automated logistics centre during a government-organised tour on China's Singles Day shopping festival in Beijing, China, Nov 11, 2020. (File photo: REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

HONG KONG: JD Logistics will price its shares between HK$39.36 (about US$5) and HK$43.36 each as the company aims to raise up to US$3.4 billion, according to the company's filings.

The logistics offshoot of JD.com Inc will sell 609.1 million shares in the deal, which is 10 per cent of the company's total shares, the filings said.

An over-allotment option, or so-called greenshoe, exists to sell a further 91 million shares that would raise up to a further US$510 million.

At that size, JD Logistics will be one of the largest listings in Hong Kong this year following the Kuaishou Technology IPO in late January which raised US$5.4 billion.

The deal is expected by analysts to be a barometer of investor appetite towards major share sales following volatility in global equities markets over the past week, led by concerns inflation is starting to emerge around the world.

JD Logistics will be valued at US$34 billion at the top of the price range and seven high profile cornerstone shareholders led by SoftBank Group Corp's Vision Fund and Temasek have taken shares worth up to US$1.53 billion, or 45 per cent of the IPO, according to the filings.

The final price will be set on Friday and the stock will start trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on May 28.

JD.com spun off its logistics unit into a standalone entity in 2017 and then opened up its delivery and warehousing services to third-party companies.

An IPO for the unit has been under consideration for almost a year.

JD.com carried out a Hong Kong secondary listing in June last year which raised US$3.87 billion.

Source: Reuters/dv

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