Citic Securities raises $1.7b on Hong Kong exchange

Updated: 2011-09-29 09:46

By Fox Hu (China Daily)

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Citic Securities raises $1.7b on Hong Kong exchange

An employee of Citic Securities Co works in an office branch in Beijing. The company sold 995.3 million shares and raised HK$13.2 billion ($1.7 billion) in Hong Kong. [Photo/Bloomberg]

HONG KONG - Citic Securities Co raised HK$13.2 billion ($1.7 billion) in Hong Kong's biggest public stock offering in more than three months, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

China's biggest brokerage by market value sold 995.3 million shares at HK$13.30 apiece, said the people, who declined to be identified because no announcement has been made. The stock was initially offered at HK$12.84 to HK$15.20 before banks managing the sale raised the low end of the range to HK$13.30, they said.

Citic Securities' sale is the biggest in Hong Kong since Italian fashion retailer Prada SpA raised $2.5 billion in June.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index is down 20 percent since June and the value of initial public offerings in the city has fallen by 64 percent from the previous quarter amid Europe's escalating sovereign debt crisis.

"With a lot of uncertainties surrounding EU countries, investors are reluctant to put their money to work," said Victoria Mio, a Hong Kong-based fund manager at Robeco, whose fund subscribed to the offering.

Citic Securities price in Shanghai was 11.52 yuan ($1.80) at the close of the trading session Sept 28. The price was down 2.46 percent compared with the previous day. The sale could prove a one-off case, Mio said. "They put money in this one because Citic is a leader in one of the growing brokerage markets."

The final price values Citic Securities at 1.28 times estimated 2011 book value and 8.95 times forecast 2011 earnings, one of the people said. Sukyi Yau, a Hong Kong-based outside spokeswoman for Citic Securities, declined to comment on the final pricing.

Companies have raised $3.9 billion from IPOs in Hong Kong so far in the third quarter, down from $10.7 billion in the second quarter, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

The Citic Securities sale comes just days after XCMG Construction Machinery Co scrapped plans for a $1.1 billion Hong Kong offering and rival construction equipment maker Sany Heavy Industry Co delayed a $3.3 billion sale.

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