Taiwan's Sunplus and Via bring international equity

After strong run-ups in their domestic share prices, IC designers Sunplus and Via Technologies are planning international equity offerings.

Sunplus will begin roadshows for a debut GDR offering in just over a week, while Via is planning to launch a first ADR at the beginning of 2001 after pushing back its schedule slightly. For both companies, surging share prices have been a reflection of strong sales growth and an increasing awareness by investors that IC design companies make solid long-term investment plays.

UBS Warburg is lead manager of Sunplus's $200 million GDR,...

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