|Bid||368.400 x 0|
|Ask||368.600 x 0|
|Day's Range||367.000 - 373.200|
|52 Week Range||206.000 - 388.000|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||1.20|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||49.19|
|Earnings Date||Aug 19, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||5.98 (1.61%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Mar 11, 2020|
|1y Target Est||283.00|
This is the third in a series of four articles analysing the Hong Kong and mainland stock markets, delving into reforms, emergence of the Star Market as a solid fundraising venue, upcoming technology champions and the way forward. You can read Part one and Part two here.Ant Group's plan to list in Hong Kong and Shanghai looks set to turn those cities into the top listing venues for companies globally this year.Ant, which operates the popular online payments app Alipay, said in July that it would list in both Hong Kong and Shanghai. If market conditions remain favourable, the company will raise enough money to surpass Saudi Aramco's US$29.44 billion fundraising last year as the largest initial public offering (IPO) in global financial history, a person familiar with the situation said.In the simmering US-China rivalry, there is more at stake than bragging rights in the league table of global IPO rankings. By one account, it will spell the end of the American monopoly over blockbuster stock offerings, especially those of new-fangled technology and new-economy companies, as China's home-grown champions head to safer harbours at home after more than two years of the US-China trade war.Ant's mega IPO will open a new chapter for both markets, helped by a healthy dose of techno-nationalism, after US President Donald Trump attacked Hong Kong's status as a financial hub by predicting its slump and banning "untrusted" Chinese apps from US markets.Ant Group, part of the Alibaba Group and controlled by Jack Ma, is set-up to kick start concurrent IPOs in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Photo: EPA-EFE alt=Ant Group, part of the Alibaba Group and controlled by Jack Ma, is set-up to kick start concurrent IPOs in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Photo: EPA-EFEWhile many banks, manufacturers and smaller tech firms have made such dual listings over the past two decades, this is the first time a new-economy unicorn - a start-up valued at more than US$1 billion - has planned to do so.Where unicorns roam, Ant Group - an affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding, which also owns the South China Morning Post \- counts as one of the largest, along with Tiktok's parent, ByteDance.As such, Ant has created a route that its peers may follow. A critical mass of such fast-growing companies will attract more investors and turbocharge Hong Kong and Shanghai's trading volumes, attracting even more companies to list and creating a positive feedback loop."Ant's listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai will boost these markets and bring added liquidity as the stock will undoubtedly be actively traded," said Claude Haberer, chairman of Swiss investment firm Pictet Wealth Management Asia. "It will also contribute to Hong Kong growing as a trading centre for tech stocks."SCMP Graphics alt=SCMP GraphicsHong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX), the operator of Asia's third-largest financial market place, is doing its best to keep this positive feedback loop going. Hang Seng Indexes, the stock benchmark compiler, launched a new tech index on July 27 to track the 30 biggest players, building a base for derivative products tied to it.If Ant is listed at a market valuation of well over US$200 billion, it will boost the market value of Shanghai Stock Exchange to US$5.46 trillion, pushing Hong Kong to US$5.09 trillion, approaching Tokyo's capitalisation of US$5.66 trillion.Still, they are dwarfed by Nasdaq at US$14.65 trillion and the New York Stock Exchange at US$21 trillion as of June, according to the World Federation of Exchanges.Companies raised US$17 billion on HKEX's mainboard in the first seven months of this year, making it the second-largest IPO market globally. Shanghai's technology board, called the Star Market, ranked third at US$15.26 billion, according to Refinitiv's data. Nasdaq was top, with US$23.32 billion raised so far.SCMP Graphics alt=SCMP GraphicsChina, home to four of the world's five biggest unicorns, including ByteDance and Didi Chuxing, could usurp Nasdaq in the coming months, analysts say, if the current breakdown in US-China relations gets worse and spur China's home-grown companies to stay home.The Trump administration this week unveiled a bunch of recommendations, giving Chinese companies and those in non-cooperating jurisdictions a January 2022 deadline to comply with new audit and disclosure rules, or be shut out or expelled from US stock exchanges.Trump himself has signed two executive orders banning Tiktok and WeChat, what he described as "untrusted" Chinese-owned apps, from US markets.Ant has not specified the size of the split of its IPO between Hong Kong and Shanghai. Assuming an equal lot of US$15 billion each, Hong Kong is likely to be the world's top listing venue again, a feat it has achieved seven times in the past 11 years. Other permutations could swing the title towards the Star Market.SCMP Graphics alt=SCMP GraphicsHong Kong is especially attractive to large innovative organisations with customers, business interests or history in the region, said Charles Li Xiaojia, the outgoing chief executive of HKEX. That appeal was enhanced by listing reforms in 2018 that paved the way for the "home-coming" of Alibaba Group and its peers from the US markets."With deep liquidity, an unrivalled pool of international investors, a robust regulatory framework and a commitment to market innovation, stability and efficiency, I am certain that Hong Kong's fundraising markets will continue to thrive," he said in a statement to South China Morning Post.The market value of Hong Kong's stock market rose 26 per cent to US$5.21 trillion between July 2019 and July 2020, following the secondary listings of Alibaba in November, and both online shopping platform JD.com and mobile game operator NetEase in June.The trio raised US$20 billion together and have added US$873.54 billion of value to the local bourse as of August 6. Average daily turnover rose 34 per cent year on year to HK$124.8 billion (US$16.1 billion).Charles Li Xiaojia, outgoing chief executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing. Photo: Jonathan Wong alt=Charles Li Xiaojia, outgoing chief executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing. Photo: Jonathan WongThe shares of HKEX, which are themselves listed on the bourse, soared 53 per cent year to a record HK$385. The Hang Seng Index, the market barometer, fell 12 per cent.Rather than competitors, companies see Hong Kong and Shanghai's Star Market as complementary listing venues. Given that the Star Market is closed to foreign investors, any international traders or fund managers who want to invest in Ant or other tech firms can only access the Hong Kong-listed shares. How Ant Group could revive Chinese companies' dual-listing ambitions"Ant's IPO would set a good precedent of collaboration between the two stock exchanges," said Ivy Wong, Asia-Pacific chair of international law firm Baker McKenzie.Between Hong Kong and Shanghai, analysts differ on which will benefit more from Ant's IPO. Hong Kong, with its low tax regime, freely exchangeable currency and big international investment community, will be more attractive to foreign issuers and investors, according to Clement Chan, managing director of accounting firm BDO.Source: Dealogic alt=Source: Dealogic"Shanghai's market will remain very competitive, particularly for mainland-based companies," Chan siad. "However, I do think the Hong Kong market will be a better option for those companies with a worldwide footprint. The old days that the US stock market monopolises mega hi-tech IPOs is over."Ant could also usher in many of China's world-beating unicorns, after recent spin-offs from the likes of Alibaba and Ping An Insurance.Alibaba's 67.5 per cent unit Alibaba Health Information Technology raised HK$10 billion on Monday in a follow-on new share sale. Alibaba has another Hong Kong-listed subsidiary called Alibaba Pictures, which it took over in 2014. How China's Ant is evolving from a payments app into a technology championTencent has invested in more than 800 companies, including more than 70 listed entities and some 160 unicorns. Sixteen Tencent-backed companies have gone public in Hong Kong, including online reading platform China Literature in 2017, and online movie ticketing company Maoyan Entertainment in 2019.A screen showing the listing of JD.com in Hong Kong outside the trading hall of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) on June 18, 2020. Photo: Xinhua alt=A screen showing the listing of JD.com in Hong Kong outside the trading hall of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) on June 18, 2020. Photo: Xinhua"These create a pool of technology companies in the ecosystem to list in Hong Kong and hence will attract more investors who are interested in investing in these tech companies," said Edward Au, southern region managing partner at Deloitte China.By contrast, Saudi Aramco is a stand-alone giant oil company that has not spun off any affiliates companies so far. The Saudi stock exchange has 195 listed companies with a combined capitalisation of US$2.22 trillion, ranking ninth worldwide.Hong Kong has enjoyed waves of listings in the past. After Tsingtao Brewery became the first so-called H-share listing in Hong Kong in July 1993, as many as 97 Chinese companies listed within 18 months. How Ant Group could revive Chinese companies' dual-listing ambitionsFour years before the return of Hong Kong's sovereignty to China in 1993, the city had 450 listed stocks. At the end of June 2020, there were 2,487 companies listed in Hong Kong.Shanghai and Shenzhen, the two major stocks exchanges of mainland China, had 526 listed companies between them in 1996, five years after the first stocks listed. Now, that population has risen sixfold to 3,906 companies.A share certificate of Shenzhen Development Bank, the very first stock to list on the Shenzen Stock Exchange, in 1991. The bank has since been sold to the Ping An Group, and renamed Ping An Bank. Photo: Roy Issa alt=A share certificate of Shenzhen Development Bank, the very first stock to list on the Shenzen Stock Exchange, in 1991. The bank has since been sold to the Ping An Group, and renamed Ping An Bank. Photo: Roy IssaBy contrast, the number of US public companies has dropped by half from its peak at 8,090 in 2016 to a low of 4,102 in 2012.There are 4,397 domestic companies listed in the US in 2018, according to the latest World Bank data. The decline was a result of mergers and acquisitions, and more restrictive regulations in the US leading to delistings, according to stockbrokers.About 200 mainland Chinese firms, including many technology companies, have listed in the larger US markets in recent years. Political tension between Beijing and Washington could now trigger an exodus of companies to re-list in Shanghai and Hong Kong."The US is currently the largest financial market in the world, without a doubt, but mainland China and Hong Kong are now putting up stiffer competition," said Joseph Tong Tang, chairman of Hong Kong based brokerage firm Morton Securities.This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. For more SCMP stories, please explore the SCMP app or visit the SCMP's Facebook and Twitter pages. Copyright © 2020 South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Copyright (c) 2020. 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(Bloomberg) -- A new index focused on China’s technology giants is set to give investors greater access to their growing dominance in Hong Kong’s market.The Hang Seng Tech Index, which launched Monday with backdated prices, tracks the 30 largest tech companies listed in the city, including Tencent Holdings Ltd., Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Meituan Dianping and Xiaomi Corp. Tracking the gauge this year would have returned 44% for investors, versus a loss of 13% for the Hang Seng Index. The tech measure fell 1.3% Monday.“All the conditions are now ready for large China tech stocks whether in China or already listed elsewhere,” Vincent Kwan, chief executive officer of index compiler Hang Seng Indexes Co., said on Bloomberg Television Monday.The move comes at a time when further listings of Chinese technology firms are in the pipeline, such as Jack Ma’s Ant Group, following those of NetEase Inc. and JD.com Inc. Listing closer to home has become more attractive as tensions between Washington and Beijing threaten to curtail Chinese companies’ access to U.S. capital markets.The compiler of the Hang Seng Index has already embraced change through moves such as scrapping a weighting limit for dual-class shares on some of its gauges. The tech index is seen helping investors bridge a gap between a Hong Kong benchmark overstuffed with old economy banks and insurers, and the technology companies that have emerged as big winners in the city’s beaten-down market.“There are too many laggards in the Hang Seng Index,” said Castor Pang, head of research at Core Pacific-Yamaichi International Hong Kong. “With overseas-listed Chinese firms deciding to list closer-to-home, the Hong Kong market falls short in terms of having a representative index for these stocks. This new index serves to fill this gap and drive capital flows.”Citi analysts led by Pierre Lau wrote in a recent note that the index will attract investors to other Hong Kong tech stocks, facilitate the issuance of index-linked funds and derivatives as well as boost turnover at Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. That stock is up 40% this year, most in the Hang Seng Index.Supported by strong mainland inflows through stock connect links, Chinese technology shares have emerged as big winners in Hong Kong this year. Tencent has surged 38% while Meituan is up 82%.The Hang Seng Index, on the other hand, has underperformed. Nearly half of its members have fallen at least 20% this year.Morgan Stanley sees the new technology gauge providing a bigger sentiment boost near-term to the MSCI China Index than the Hang Seng, which has few components that will also be in the tech index. “The direct stock-level positives cannot translate into a meaningful index-level boost,” analysts led by Laura Wang wrote.(Updates Monday’s prices throughout)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. surged as much as 9.5%, its biggest jump in five years, after billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Group announced plans to seek a dual listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai, bypassing New York.Ant Group is seeking a valuation of more than $200 billion as it goes public, and could raise more than Saudi Aramco’s record $29 billion if market conditions are favorable, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Hong Kong portion could raise about $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter, which would make it the sixth-largest initial public offering in the city.The listing is a boost to exchanges in Hong Kong and Shanghai, while dealing a blow to U.S. bourses as more Chinese firms look to raise money closer to home amid rising U.S.-China tensions. Hong Kong-listed Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. raised $7.5 billion from a Shanghai share sale in July, while Chinese internet firms JD.com Inc. and NetEase Inc. added secondary listings in Hong Kong this year.Ant’s IPO is also a major lift for the city of Hong Kong, which is facing mounting challenges from a sharp recession, political turmoil from year-long protests and a new national security law that has prompted concerns about an exodus from the financial hub.“Ant Group’s listing in Hong Kong will be a vote of confidence in the city,” according to Bruce Pang, head of macro research at China Renaissance Securities Hong Kong.Hong Kong Exchange Chief Executive Officer Charles Li said Ant Group’s “intention to IPO in Hong Kong, as well as in their home market, affirms Hong Kong’s role as the world’s leading international IPO market.”Index company Hang Seng Indexes Co. also announced plans to launch a new technology index effective July 27. Citigroup Inc. said in a research note that the index will attract investors to local tech shares and facilitate index-linked funds and derivatives, while attracting more high-quality Chinese tech companies to Hong Kong.Hong Kong Exchanges rose 8.7% to a record HK$376.20 at 2 p.m. The stock has surged 48% this year, the second-best performer on the Hang Seng Index, which has dropped 9.4% in 2020.(Updates with list of biggest IPOs)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.