Asian Billionaires Face IPO Test as Markets Continue to Tumble
(Bloomberg) -- Three Asian billionaires are testing the resilience of the IPO market, seeking to push through their listings before year-end as stocks continue to tumble globally.
Fosun Tourism, backed by tycoon Guo Guangchang, is working to finish its offering after European equities slumped Thursday and a late rally in the U.S. failed to erase all the day’s losses. Signs in Hong Kong haven’t been good: mobile advertising startup Mobvista Inc. and health-product maker Natural Food International Holding Ltd. both completed IPOs in the city this week at or near the low end of their price ranges.
The next test will be SoftBank Group Corp. Chairman Masayoshi Son’s listing of his Japanese telecom business, which could raise as much as $23 billion if an over-allotment option is exercised. SoftBank took the unusual step of approaching investors with only a single price per share, rather than a broader range that would give it more wiggle room.
Chinese tech magnate Pony Ma’s online-streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment Group will likely be one of the last major Asian offerings to price in 2018. It’s a local equivalent to Spotify Technology SA, which is also one of its investors. Tencent Music is seeking a valuation of as much as $24.5 billion -- nearly the same as Spotify’s $24.4 billion market capitalization after a recent slide.
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