Meituan aims to raise as much as US$4.5b from IPO — sources

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on September 3, 2018.
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HONG KONG: Meituan Dianping, a Chinese food delivery giant, plans to raise as much as US$4.5 billion (RM18.49 billion) in an initial public offering (IPO) here, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

It plans to sell the shares at between HK$60 (RM31.40) and HK$72 apiece, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

The offering has attracted five cornerstone investors, including Tencent Holdings Ltd, to invest a combined US$1.5 billion, according to the people.

New York-based Oppenheimer Holdings Inc has agreed to invest US$500 million as a cornerstone investor, while hedge funds Darsana Capital Partners LP and Landsdowne will buy US$200 million and US$300 million of shares, respectively, the people said.

Meituan is seeking a valuation of as much as US$55 billion, according to one of the people. The company aims to start taking investor orders tomorrow through Sept 12. It expects to price the offering on Sept 12 with shares to start trading on Sept 20.

Tencent declined to comment in an email. Calls outside hours to Oppenheimer, Darsana and Landsdowne went unanswered.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Corp are joint sponsors for the offering, while China Renaissance Holdings Ltd is sole financial adviser, according to a preliminary prospectus. — Bloomberg