China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC), one of the nation's leading shipbuilding groups, will seek an initial public offering (IPO) in 2007, according to sources close to the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC).
Headquartered in Beijing, CSIC is reportedly planning a new issue of around 1.6 billion A shares to raise between 6 and 7 billion yuan (between US$793.3 billion and US$925.3 billion), the sources said.
CSIC is undertaking a major restructuring effort to merge its 16 subsidiaries in August to form a more integrated company, to be called China Shipbuilding Industry Co Ltd, before it applies for an IPO on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in December, said the source.
SASAC, the highest authority on China's most valuable State assets, has already given a green light to the listing plan, a government source, who declined to be named, told China Daily.
"Once the 16 companies are integrated under one umbrella, they will be members of the CSIC as a group company with around 4 billion yuan in registered capital," the source said.
Chen Yicong, an analyst with Southwest Securities, said "some people thought CSIC would go public by injecting its assets into its listed subsidiary Fengfan Co Ltd, but the reality will probably be different".
Chen said that now is the best time for a group-wide IPO for CSIC "considering the general quality of its assets and the country's target of becoming a more important shipbuilding center in the world".
Total assets of the restructured CSIC would be valued at more than 130 billion yuan. In 2006 its consolidated revenue was 60 billion yuan and its net profit 2.5 billion yuan, sources said.
Established in 1999, CSIC owns some of the nation's biggest shipyards and ship engine manufacturers. It also builds ships for the Chinese navy.