Mixed outcome for mining IPOs

China Nonferrous pushes $247 million IPO across the line

The Africa-based copper miner relies heavily on cornerstones and anchors to complete the deal, while Chinalco Mining postpones its offering as market conditions and investor appetite remain challenging.
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CNMC's operations are in Zambia, making it the first company to list African mining assets in Hong Kong
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<div style="text-align: left;"> CNMC's operations are in Zambia, making it the first company to list African mining assets in Hong Kong </div>

It did take a while, but yesterday copper miner China Nonferrous Mining Corp CNMC finally priced its initial public offering slightly above the bottom of the range to raise HK$1.91 billion $247 million. The pricing came as the Hong Kong stock market eked out a modest gain for the first time in four days, but neither of these two developments changes the fact that the appetite for IPOs is close to rock bottom.

Indeed, five weeks after it started pre-marketing, Chinalco Mining yesterday decided to push back its Hong Kong IPO, probably until after summer, due to the weak market conditions. Once it returns, the deal...

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