China Evergrande electric-car unit to raise US$516 million from at least six investors such as Tencent, Jack Ma-backed Yunfeng Capital
- China Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group will sell as many as 176.6 million shares in a private placement
- Shares will account for about 2 per cent of company’s enlarged capital
China Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group plans to raise HK$3.99 billion (US$516.1 million) by selling new shares to a group of investors that includes Tencent Holdings and Jack Ma-backed Yunfeng Capital.
The electric-car manufacturing unit of property developer China Evergrande Group seeks to sell as many as 176.6 million shares to at least six investors in a private placement, Evergrande New Energy Vehicle said in a statement to the Hong Kong exchange on Tuesday. The other buyers included Sequoia Capital and Didi Chuxing, it said.
The placement shares will be offered at HK$22.65, representing an about 20 per cent discount on the company’s closing price on Monday, and an 18 per cent discount on its average price over the past few trading days, the statement said.
These shares will account for about 2 per cent of China Evergrande New Energy’s enlarged share capital, and the proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, according to the statement, which did give further details.
Shares of China Evergrande New Energy tumbled 11 per cent and closed at HK$25.05 at the close on Tuesday amid concern the value of existing investors’ shares could potentially be diluted by the new stock.
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