Ping An Good Doctor prices US$1.12 billion IPO at top end amid retail frenzy

Flotation, Hong Kong’s biggest this year, overbought by more than 650 times by retail investors

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 April, 2018, 6:57pm
UPDATED : Friday, 27 April, 2018, 11:18pm

Ping An Good Doctor, China’s largest online medical services app, has priced its closely watched initial public offering at the top end of its price range. It hopes to raise HK$8.77 billion (US$1.12 billion) after its flotation, Hong Kong’s biggest in 2018, was overbought by more than 650 times by retail investors, making it the city’s most sought-after main IPO since 2009.

Good Doctor, formally known as Ping An Healthcare and Technology, has priced its IPO at HK$54.8 a share, which is the top end of the HK$50.8 to HK$54.8 price range, according to people familiar with the matter.

The flotation, the first by a unicorn in Hong Kong this year and also the biggest in value, has attracted retail investor demand that is 653 times more than the number of shares on offer, exceeding China Literature’s retail oversubscription rate of 625 times, the most among main IPOs in the past nine years. In July 2009, Chinese property developer BBMG’s share offering was oversubscribed by 782 times.

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The international placing tranche was also “massively” oversubscribed, sources told the South China Morning Post.

Good Doctor plans to sell 160.094 million shares in total, and had initially set aside 6.5 per cent for retail investors. But the huge oversubscription for its public offering has triggered a so-called clawback clause, which will enable underwriters to reallocate shares to retail investors from institutional investors, and increase the retail tranche to 25 per cent.

Seven cornerstone investors will put a combined HK$4.32 billion into the float: asset management firm BlackRock; Capital Research and Management Company; the Singapore government’s investment fund, GIC Private; Canada Pension Plan Investment Board; Pantai Juara Investments, which is wholly owned by the Malaysian government’s investment fund; CT Bright Holdings, an investment unit of Thailand’s conglomerate CP Pokphand; and Swiss Re Direct Investments Company.

According to the IPO prospectus, about 40 per cent of net proceeds will be used for business expansion, such as its e-commerce business, hiring sales and medical professionals, acquiring new users and funding marketing activities.

Citi Group and JPMorgan are acting as joint sponsors.

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Hong Kong has already seen a flurry of fundraising by technology and internet companies since last year, with those backed by big names attracting overwhelming investor demand.

In September, ZhongAn Online Property and Casualty Insurance raised US$1.5 billion in Hong Kong’s biggest financial technology offering. The online insurer was founded in 2013 and has the backing of Alibaba Group Holding chairman Jack Ma Yun, Tencent Holdings chairman Pony Ma Huateng and Ping An Insurance chairman Peter Ma Mingzhe.

In November, Tencent’s China Literature debuted on the Hong Kong market, and its US$1.06 billion IPO attracted HK$520 billion in retail investor capital, in what was the hottest IPO in a decade.