Chinese tea chain Baicha Baidao eyes raising $330 million in a Hong Kong IPO

(Source: Chadaibao)

Chinese tea shop chain Sichuan Baicha Baidao Industrial aims to raise $330 million in a Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO), in the city’s largest new-share sale of 2024, regulatory filings showed on Monday.

The company is selling 147.7 million shares at US$2.23 each, which represents about 10 per cent of its total shares, the filings showed.

An extra 22.1 million shares could be sold through a so-called greenshoe option. That would see the total number of shares increase to 169.9 million, to raise $380 million.

The shares will start trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on April 23.

Baicha Baidao operates ChaPanda stores which sell a range of fruit tea drinks primarily to younger customers, the company said in its IPO prospectus.

Hong Kong IPO volume is at its lowest level in more than a decade with new-share sales raising $507 million in the first quarter of this year, down nearly 29% from $710 million from the same time last year, LSEG data showed.

  • Reporting by Scott Murdoch in Sydney; Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Christopher Cushing, of Reuters.

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