Ant Group’s report $ 34.5 billion IPO in Shanghai and Hong Kong is suspended
An Ant Group logo can be seen at the company’s headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China on October 9, 2020.
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SHANGHAI, China – Ant Group’s world record IPO in Shanghai and Hong Kong has been suspended.
The stock exchanges in Shanghai and Hong Kong announced this on Tuesday. Alibaba, which has a stake of around 33% in the Ant Group, recorded a price decline of over 5% in the US premarket trade.
Ant Group’s controller Jack Ma, chairman Eric Jing and CEO Simon Hu were summoned and interviewed by regulators in China Monday, according to a statement by the China Securities Regulatory Commission.
On Tuesday, the Shanghai Stock Exchange referred to that meeting to explain why it has suspended its IPO.
According to a CNBC translation of the Mandarin statement, Ant has reported “significant issues such as the changes in the regulatory environment of financial technology.” “These issues could result in your company not complying with the listing or disclosure requirements for information.”
As a result, the exchange decided to suspend the company’s listing on the Science and Technology Innovation Board, also known as STAR Market – China’s version of the tech-heavy Nasdaq.
Shortly thereafter, the Ant Group announced that the listing of Hong Kong shares would also be suspended.
The Ant Group was preparing to raise nearly $ 34.5 billion on the world’s largest public listing. A double listing in Shanghai and Hong Kong was planned on Thursday. It is unclear whether the Hong Kong stage will go as planned.
An Ant Group spokesman was not immediately available for comment. Official filing with the Shanghai Stock Exchange is expected shortly.
On Monday, China’s central bank and regulators issued new draft rules on online microloans that could affect the Ant Group.
In a statement, an Alibaba spokesman said the company would assist Ant Group with regulatory hurdles.
“We will proactively support the Ant Group to adapt to the developing legal framework and to accept them,” said the spokesman. “We have full confidence in the ability of colleagues in Ant Group to do a good job. Society has high expectations of Alibaba. We will continue to work hard to not only meet expectations, but to exceed them and our responsibility to society to comply. “