JD Logistics soars in Hong Kong debut, valuing it at $36 bln

A staff member wearing a face mask works at’s automated logistics center during a government organized tour on China’s Singles Day shopping festival in Beijing, China November 11, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

JD Logistics Inc (2618.HK) soared 14% on debut, giving the Chinese delivery and warehousing firm a $36 billion stock market value and providing a strong start on Friday for what is only the third mega listing in Hong Kong so far this year.

Shares of the company, spun out from Chinese e-commerce firm (9618.HK), opened at HK$46.05 compared to the HK$40.36 price in their initial public offering (IPO). The city’s benchmark Hang Seng Index (.HSI) was up 0.36%.

JD Logistics’ stock gains come after it priced its $3.2 billion IPO closer to the lower end of an indicated range.

“We are going to use the funds raised from the IPO to further improve our networks, including in the lower-tier and suburban areas in China, and the infrastructure of the overseas markets,” JD Logistics CEO Yu Rui told a briefing in Beijing on Friday to mark the listing.

The company’s securities filings showed the retail portion of the IPO was oversubscribed 715 times by individual investors who were competing for just 3% of the stock on offer.

The high level of demand among retail investors meant that under Hong Kong’s ‘clawback’ rules the stock on offer rose to 9% from 3%, according to the filings.

The institutional investor part of the deal was 10.18 times oversubscribed and 580 investors were given stock, the filings showed.

Cornerstone investors, who bought into the deal before it was opened to the public and included high profile investors such as SoftBank Group Corp’s (9984.T) Vision Fund, Temasek Holdings (TEM.UL) and BlackRock (BLK.N), took 48.3% of the shares.

The IPO is the second largest in Hong Kong in 2021 and only the third to raise more than $1 billion in the city this year.

The other two were Kuaishou Technology (1024.HK), which leapt 161% on debut in January, and Linklogis Inc (9959.HK), which gained 9.9% in April on opening day.

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