Quick Take: Xiaomi Prices IPO Stock at Bottom of Range
Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi Corp. has priced its stock at HK$17 ($2.17) for its initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong, the bottom of the target range of between HK$17 and HK$22, sources familiar with the matter told Caixin.
At that price, Xiaomi would raise $4.7 billion in the July IPO, down from as much as $6.1 billion that the company had hoped for.
The new pricing values Xiaomi at $53.9 billion, down from the $80 billion valuation that the company previously anticipated, the sources said.
Xiaomi’s market valuation has been a point of contention, with some investment banks valuing the company as high as $90 billion, or 27 to 34 times projected 2019 earnings. By comparison, Apple Inc. has a multiple of 14.5, which led some market analysts to argue that a $90 billion valuation was too high.
Xiaomi will float shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on July 9 in one of the most-watched tech IPOs since the 2014 debut of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. on the New York Stock Exchange.
A fund backed by billionaire investor George Soros placed an early order for a small amount of Xiaomi stock, while Chinese investment firm Hillhouse Capital Group placed around $600 million, according to Bloomberg. The report said U.S. asset manager Capital Group Companies Inc. made an order of $500 million of stock. Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing has also subscribed to $30 million of shares.
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