Chinese real estate giant KE Holdings Inc. prepares to lift off in public trading today on the New York Stock Exchange, priced at $20 per share – above the expected range.
Thus, the operator of Beike raises $2.12 billion in the largest Chinese listing in New York in over two years.
Earlier, KE Holdings filed to sell 106 million American depositary shares priced at between $17 to $19 apiece.
Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, China Renaissance Securities (Hong Kong), and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are lead underwriters in the listing. Other underwriters are CICC, UBS Securities, CLSA, Credit Suisse Securities (USA), and CMB International Capital.
KE Holdings said that a number of existing shareholders, including Tencent, Hillhouse, Sequoia Capital, and Fidelity, have proposed to acquire an aggregate of $800 million of the shares offered.
The company intends to use the proceeds from its sale for research and development, specifically, to boost "infrastructure technologies including big data, artificial intelligence and virtual reality." It also seeks to expand its new home transaction services, diversify its services, and expand geographically, according to its prospectus.
Renaissance senior strategist Matthew Kennedy told CapitalWatch last week, "This is a large company in an important area that is well-integrated with China's larger economy, and I believe its reception will reveal how the market views investing in China, to some extent."
Kennedy also said, " If you're looking for a bellwether for Chinese issuers in the U.S., the largest Chinese deal of the year is a good candidate"