Shenwan Hongyuan Group Co. - H Shares (6806.HK)

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China’s oldest brokerage Shenwan Hongyuan takes a nosedive as Asia’s biggest IPO of the year gets off to a dismal start
* Shenwan Hongyuan’s shares fell by as much as 15 per cent to an intraday low of HK$3.10
* The brokerage had priced its IPO at the bottom of a price range, and was modestly oversubscribed, indicating lukewarm response by retail investors

Laura He
Published: 11:30am, 26 Apr, 2019
Updated: 5:30pm, 26 Apr, 2019

Hong Kong’s biggest initial public offering (IPO) of 2019 got off to a dire start, as the shares of Shenwan Hongyuan plummeted to finish their first trading day down 12 per cent from the offer price.

Shares of China’s oldest brokerage began trading unchanged at HK$3.63, then dropped 15 per cent to an intraday low of HK$3.10 before clawing back some ground to finish the first day down by 12 per cent at HK$3.20. The Beijing-based broker raised HK$9.1 billion (US$1.16 billion) this month, the largest stock sale this year in the Asia-Pacific region.

The state-run brokerage, which was the result of a merger between Shenyin Wanguo and Hongyuan Securities, already has shares trading on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. It would be the 12th Chinese brokerage with shares trading in both a mainland exchange, as well as in Hong Kong. Its Shenzhen-traded A shares closed 0.6 per cent lower at 5.37 yuan.

“It still takes time for international investors to fully understand Chinese brokerages,” Shenwan Hongyuan’s chairman Chu Xiaoming said during a ceremony to mark the start of trading at the Hong Kong stock exchange. “I’m fully confident about the A share market’s performance in the second half. Our company will also perform well.”

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