21Vianet jumps 25% in US debut

21Vianet raises $195 million after pricing its US IPO 25% above the initial top of the range — and at 37 times estimated 2012 net earnings.

Strong demand pushed shares in 21Vianet 25% higher on their trading debut, even after the Chinese internet data service provider fixed the offering price higher than the initial top end of the range.

The stock ended its first day of trading on Nasdaq last Thursday US time at $18.80, up from its IPO price of $15, which was already higher than its proposed range. The company raised 40% more than it originally planned, helped by pent-up demand for shares in China’s internet industry.

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