UPDATE: Both the Hong Kong and Shanghai listings of Ant Group’s IPO were suspended on 03.11.20.
Jack Ma’s fintech behemoth Ant Group is one of the most highly anticipated initial public offerings (IPO) this year and it is expected to start trading in the first week of November. Ant Group is aiming to raise $34.5 billion in its upcoming dual-listed IPO, which would make it the biggest IPO of all time.
In this article, we provide some background information about Ant Group, discuss the details of the IPO and share how you can invest in Ant Group through the DEGIRO platform.
About Ant Group
Ant Group is a fintech company and affiliate of Alibaba. Its origins date back to 2004 as Alibaba’s online payment service called Alipay. It then separated from Alibaba as a separate entity and changed its name to Ant Financial in 2014. Ant Financial then again changed its name in June 2020 to Ant Group to emphasise that it is more than a financial company.
Today, Ant Group is engaged in digital payments, asset management, lending and insurance through its several companies. Some of them include:
- Alipay: China’s biggest digital payment platform and has approximately 1.3 billion users worldwide.
- Yu'e Bao: This is Ant Group’s online spare cash management platform. Money that is transferred to a Yu'e Bao is put into a money market fund, which was once the biggest in the world. The platform serves over 600 million users.
- Huabei: Ant Group’s consumer credit service that is similar to a traditional credit card.
About Ant Group’s IPO
Ant Group will go public through a concurrent IPO on the Shanghai Stock Exchange’s STAR board and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The stock ticker in Hong Kong will be 6688 and 688688 in Shanghai. The numbers are significant as in China the number six is considered lucky and the number eight is often associated with wealth.
There will be around 1.67 billion shares offered in both Hong Kong and Shanghai, representing around 11% of the company. The Shanghai stocks are priced at 68.8 yuan ($10.27) and at HK$80 ($10.32) in Hong Kong.
If the offering is oversubscribed, the company may exercise a so-called greenshoe option, which would allow more shares to be sold than initially planned. In this case, an additional $5.17 billion could be raised.
Trading in Hong Kong is expected to start on November 5. At the time of writing, the date for the Shanghai debut has not been announced.
World’s biggest IPO
Ant Group is expected to raise up to $35 billion through its stock market debut. This amount would surpass the record set by Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, with its $29.4 billion IPO last year. If all goes as planned, below are the five biggest IPOs of all time:
Investing via DEGIRO
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Sources: Bloomberg, Alibaba, South China Morning Post, Reuters, Ant Group