How things soured for Huishan Dairy

The Chinese dairy company was damaged by a cash crunch that saw HK$32.07 billion ($4.12 billion) wiped off its market capitalisation. FinanceAsia looks back at how problems for investors and bank lenders unfolded.

There was no shortage of buyers when Huishan Dairy raised $1.3 billion in a 2013 listing in Hong Kong. The IPO was multiple times oversubscribed, in part due to a halo effect from Cheng Yu-tung, an existing shareholder and a Hong Kong property tycoon. 

During the public offering marketing, its chairman Yang Kai vowed to build China’s most trusted dairy brand after a 2008 baby formula scandal in China raised public fears over the safety of dairy products.

But things soured for investors when Huishan Dairy’s Hong Kong-listed shares plunged 85% in an hour on March 24, before being suspended. On May 8, the Securities and...

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