Caixin
Jul 28, 2017 01:16 PM
FINANCE

Quick Take: China Orient On Course to Secure Pre-IPO Strategic Investors

Photo: Visual China
Photo: Visual China

China Orient Asset Management Co. said it is on track to sell a 15% stake by the end of this year to strategic investors in a pre-initial public offering (IPO) funding round.

China Orient is one of the country’s four national distressed-debt managers that are planning to float on a stock exchange as a listed company. Great Wall Asset Management Co. is also seeking up to eight strategic investors ahead of a planned IPO, Reuters reported earlier. China Huarong Asset Management Co. and China Cinda Asset Management Co. have already listed on the Hong Kong bourse.

China’s distressed-debt managers, which absorb toxic assets from banks to reduce risks of the credit-fueled financial system, have been looking for a public listing to broaden their capital source and shareholder base so that they can take on even more debt from the increasingly bloated economy.

China Orient’s stake offering has drawn strong interest from domestic state-owned enterprises and foreign institutional investors, board Secretary Chen Jianxiong told reporters Thursday.

Pre-IPO funding round will replenish China Orient’s imminent funding needs as well as improving corporate governance ahead of the IPO, Chen added.

Contact reporter Aries Poon (ariespoon@caixin.com)

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