Japan's SBI Holdings first to sell HDRs in Hong Kong

The internet-based financial services and investment company is looking to raise up to $327 million from a Hong Kong listing through depositary receipts.
Cambodia is one of the emerging markets where SBI has joint venture bank operations.
Cambodia is one of the emerging markets where SBI has joint venture bank operations.

SBI Holdings, a Japanese internet-based financial services group, is looking to raise up to HK$2.55 billion $327 million from the first ever sale of Hong Kong depositary receipts. The company, which kicked off its institutional roadshow on Monday and will open the retail offering today, is not the first company to list HDRs, but since Brazilian iron ore producer Vale listed its HDRs through an introduction and didn’t issue any new shares, this will be the first real test of whether investors are willing to buy these new instruments.

If successful, SBI will also be the only Japanese company to be listed in Hong Kong. However,...

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