Alibaba plans $20 billion in Hong Kong listing, biggest follow-on sale in seven years
Updated : May 28, 2019 11:17 AM IST
The deal, the biggest follow-on share sale in seven years globally, would give Alibaba a war chest to keep investing in technology - a priority for China as growth flags and as the world's second-largest economy faces a mounting trade spat with the United States.
The e-commerce giant is working with financial advisers on the offering and is aiming to file an application confidentially in Hong Kong as early as the second half of 2019, three people said on condition of anonymity as the plans are not public yet.
At $20 billion, Alibaba's deal would be the sixth-biggest follow-on share sale ever, Refinitiv data shows, ranking behind NTT's 1987 $36.8 billion sale, crisis-era offerings of $24.4 billion and $22.5 billion from the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group, as well as the $20.7 billion raised by US insurer AIG in 2012.
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