Caixin
Sep 09, 2021 07:53 PM
BUSINESS

Sany Group’s Wind Power Unit Approved for Shanghai IPO

A Sany booth at a Beijing expo in October 2018. Photo: VCG
A Sany booth at a Beijing expo in October 2018. Photo: VCG

A wind power equipment making subsidiary of China’s top construction machinery manufacturer Sany Group has won approval for its IPO on Shanghai’s high-tech board that aims to raise 3.03 billion yuan ($469 million).

The approval takes the company a step closer to obtaining the funding it will need for its plans to grab a larger slice of China’s booming wind power generator market amid growing demand for green energy.

Sany Heavy Energy Co. Ltd., established in 2008 to run businesses including wind turbine production and wind farm design, meet the STAR Market’s listing conditions and information disclosure requirements, the listing committee of the Nasdaq-style board said in a Tuesday announcement (link in Chinese).

In an updated listing prospectus (link in Chinese) issued in August, Sany Heavy Energy said that it aims to raise 3.03 billion yuan in the IPO, nearly 70% of which will be used to either fund research and development of new technologies and products or supplement its working capital.

The remainder will be earmarked for construction of high-power wind power generator production lines and an industrial complex in North China, as well as the upgrading of its current production facilities, the prospectus said.

In 2020, Sany Heavy Energy reported 1.4 billion yuan in net profit attributable to shareholders on revenue of 9.3 billion yuan, compared with 2018 when it suffered a net loss attributable to shareholders of 337.6 million yuan on revenue of 1 billion yuan, according to the prospectus.

While it became profitable in 2020, its liability-to-asset ratio dropped to 85% in 2020 from 124% in 2018, according to the prospectus, adding that an IPO will help the company improve funding flexibility and efficiency, thus reducing the cost of capital.

In 2020, Sany Heavy Energy delivered 3,110 megawatts (MW) of wind power generated in China, up from 704 MW in 2019, giving it a domestic market share of 5.4%, compared with 2.6% in 2019, according to a report published last week by China International Capital Corp.

The report, which labeled Sany Heavy Energy as China’s eighth-largest wind power equipment supplier in terms of market share, said the top six companies collectively won 85% of total bids to supply their products in the country in the first eight months of this year.

In an effort to grab more market share, Sany Heavy Energy in August 2021 lowered its bidding price to 2,392 yuan per kilowatt (KW) from 3,101 yuan per KW to win a contract from state-owned power titan China Huaneng Group. The higher price was offered for a similar deal in December with the same group, according to data provided by China Huaneng Group.

A wind farm developer told Caixin that Sany Heavy Energy’s low bidding prices were unreasonable especially at a time when the prices of raw materials, including copper, iron and steel, used in wind power generators were on the rise. The developer also voiced concerns over the company’s possible inability to guarantee the quality of its products.

A document published in June on the China Judgements Online website operated by the Supreme People’s Court showed that Sany Heavy Energy compensated Datang Qingdao New Energy Co. Ltd. 15.6 million yuan after its wind power generators used in two Datang wind farms in North China were found to have design flaws in 2016.

In 2020, the amount of Sany Heavy Energy’s quality guarantee deposit stood at 3.7% of its total contract value for the year, totaling 120 million yuan, according to its prospectus.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com) and editor Flynn Murphy (flynnmurphy@caixin.com)

Download our app to receive breaking news alerts and read the news on the go.

Get our weekly free Must-Read newsletter.

You've accessed an article available only to subscribers
VIEW OPTIONS
Share this article
Open WeChat and scan the QR code