China's Geely raises $836 million from share sale for business development

Geely's share placement comes after China's economy suffered a 6.8% contraction in the first quarter, as the country reeled from the coronavirus pandemic that started in the central city of Wuhan.
By : Reuters
| Updated on: 29 May 2020, 02:22 PM
Employees wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak work on a Lynk & Co car production line at Geely's Yuyao plant in Ningbo city, Zhejiang province, China (REUTERS)
Employees wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak work on a Lynk & Co car production line at Geely's Yuyao plant in Ningbo city, Zhejiang province, China (REUTERS)
Employees wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak work on a Lynk & Co car production line at Geely's Yuyao plant in Ningbo city, Zhejiang province, China (REUTERS)
Employees wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak work on a Lynk & Co car production line at Geely's Yuyao plant in Ningbo city, Zhejiang province, China

Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd said on Friday it raised HK$6.48 billion ($836 million) from a share placement as the Chinese automaker looks to replenish its coffers to finance growth in the world's largest auto market.

Hong Kong-based Geely has sold 600 million primary shares at the bottom of the HK$10.80-HK$11.20 ($1.39-$1.44) price range, or at a 7.85% discount to the last closing price of HK$11.72, according to its release.

The offering represents about 6.1% of its enlarged share capital, and the company plans to use the proceeds to support its business development and general growth.

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Its share placement comes after China's economy suffered a 6.8% contraction in the first quarter, as the country reeled from the coronavirus pandemic that started in the central city of Wuhan.

Geely Automobile, based in the eastern province of Zhejiang, is China's most globally high-profile automaker following investments by parent company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd's in European manufacturers Volvo Car and Daimler AG.

(Also read: China's Geely warns of coronavirus headwind after 35% 2019 profit drop)

Geely Automobile and Volvo - which Geely's parent bought from Ford Motor Co in 2010 - are planning to merge and list in Hong Kong and possibly Stockholm.

Geely's stock dropped nearly 10% to HK$10.6 on Friday.

Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Morgan Stanley and UBS were the bookrunners for the transaction.

First Published Date: 29 May 2020, 02:17 PM IST
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