Aug 18, 2020 02:58 AM

BGI Group May Seek $1 Billion in IPO of DNA Equipment Unit

Photo: VCG
Photo: VCG

(Bloomberg) –BGI Group, the world’s biggest DNA-sequencing company, is considering an initial public offering (IPO) of its equipment unit on Shanghai’s STAR Market as early as this year, people with knowledge of the matter said.

The Shenzhen-based company could seek to raise about $1 billion by selling shares in its subsidiary MGI Tech Co., the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. BGI is working with advisers for the potential listing on China’s tech-focused exchange, the people said.

Deliberations are at an early stage, and the size and timing of the IPO could still change, the people said. A representative for MGI declined to comment on IPO-related matters. A representative for BGI referred a request for comment to MGI.

Founded in 2016, MGI makes and sells DNA sequencing instruments, reagents and related products to help life sciences research, according to its website. It counts more than 1,000 employees in about 39 countries.

BGI, the parent company, provides genomic sequencing and proteomic services and works with organizations including academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies and health care providers, according to its website.

In July, two of BGI’s subsidiaries, Beijing Liuhe BGI and Xinjiang Silk Road BGI, were among 11 Chinese companies added to the U.S. Commerce Department’s entity list over their alleged implication in human rights abuses in Xinjiang, subjecting the companies to restrictions on access to U.S.-origin items including technology. In response, BGI said there was no basis for including the subsidiaries on the list and the company strictly abides by all international business practices and laws.

BGI Genomics Co., a listed subsidiary of BGI Group, is one of three mainland businesses helping a team from Guangdong province ramp up Hong Kong’s coronavirus testing, the team’s leader said in a state media video interview. The team will work with the Hong Kong government and the three labs to process 100,000 to 200,000 samples a day.

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