Hutchison Whampoa is a Fortune 500 company and one of Hong Kong’s largest listed companies. It is 49.97 per cent owned by the Cheung Kong Group, a property company. Hutchison’s origins date back to two companies founded in the 19th century – Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock, established in 1863 by British merchant John Duflon Hutchison, and Hutchison International in 1877. In 1977, Hutchison became Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. Its operations include ports, with operations across Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, property and hotels, retailing through AS Watson & Co, PARKnSHOP supermarkets, Fortress electrical appliance stores, telecommunications through Hutchison Telecommunications International Ltd. It is also involved in infrastructure through its infrastructure arm, Cheung Kong Infrastructure, and has an interest in Hongkong Electric Holdings (HEH), the sole electricity supplier to Hong Kong Island and Lamma Island. Hutchison is also a major shareholder of Husky Energy, one of Canada’s largest energy and energy related companies. It is headed by Li Ka-shing, Asia’s wealthiest man, who has been nicknamed “Superman” because of his investment prowess.
China's State Grid buys biggest chunk of HK Electric's IPO
Li's Power Assets Holdings Ltd is planning to list its Hong Kong electricity business, HK Electric Investments, as it seeks funds for overseas expansion
Reuters in Hong Kong
Government-owned State Grid Corp of China is coming in as the biggest cornerstone investor in Li Ka-shing-backed HK Electric Investments’ up to US$5.7 billion Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO), according to people familiar with the matter .
Li’s Power Assets Holdings Ltd is planning to list its Hong Kong electricity business, HK Electric Investments, as it seeks funds for overseas expansion. The IPO is set to be launched on Monday, they added.
Depending on the final IPO pricing, State Grid will end up owing more than 15 per cent of HK Electric Investments after the IPO, set to be the biggest in Hong Kong since AIA Group Ltd’s US$20.5 billion deal in 2010.
Cornerstone investors, including State Grid, are committing around 35 per cent, or about US$2 billion based on the upper end of the IPO estimates, one person said. The final size of the fundraising will depend on the eventual IPO price, which will be determined through a book-build process.
Sources declined to be identified as the information is not public. Power Assets and State Grid cold not be reached for comments immediately.