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Ping An Insurance-backed fintech unicorn Lufax files for US stock offering

Ping An Insurance-backed fintech unicorn Lufax files for US stock offering

Lufax Holding, the operator of one of China’s biggest online wealth management platform, filed to go public in the US market, the latest Chinese company to shrug off concerns about worsening relations between the world’s two largest economies.

The Shanghai-based company is backed by China’s biggest insurer Ping An Insurance (Group) and follows in the footsteps of the insurer’s unit OneConnect Financial Technology, which raised US$312 million in its New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) debut in December.

Lufax said it plans to list its American depositary shares on the NYSE under the symbol, LU, it said in a regulatory filing early Thursday.

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Lufax did not disclose the size of its offering, using a common place holder figure of US$100 million in its filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. But sources have said the IPO could raise between US$2 billion and US$3 billion.

Lufax was valued at US$39.4 billion during its last-known funding round at the end of 2018. It previously considered a Hong Kong listing in 2018, but that never materialised. Details of potential US listing by Cayman Island-registered Lufax first emerged in July.

In Thursday’s filing, Lufax showed it had a net profit of 7.2 billion yuan (US$1.03 billion) for the six months to June 30. It reported a net profit of 7.5 billion yuan a year earlier.

The company said it plans to use the proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, including product development, sales and marketing activities and improving its technology infrastructure.

The company stopped facilitating new peer-to-peer loans in August last year. As of June 30, outstanding peer-to-peer loans as a percentage of total client assets had declined to 12.8 per cent.

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Asian equities were largely higher on light volumes, though the 50 stock Hang Seng Index was off a touch/-0.2% after rising off its intra-day low of -0.9%. The broader Hang Seng Composite gained +0.3% and the 204 Chinese companies listed in Hong Kong within the MSCI
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China All Shares Index gained +0.35%. Volumes have been anemic during the Chinese holiday, though things should pick up tomorrow as Shanghai & Shenzhen come back online. US-listed Chinese A-share ETFs are anticipating a healthy +3% open for the Mainland market tonight.

There was another quiet night in Hong Kong as the US focuses on the election and stimulus. Hong Kong volume leaders were Alibaba
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Hong Kong, which gained +0.49%, Tencent, which was unchanged, Xiaomi, which fell -3.92%, Meituan Dianping, which fell -0.37%, BYD, which rose +5.94%, Sunny Optical, which rose +2.87% on the coming Apple
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release, Ping An Insurance, which gained +0.38% after Lufax Holdings, backed by Ping An Insurance, filed for a US listing, and JD.com Hong Kong, which was off a James Bond -0.07%. Macau gaming stocks were off as the Golden Week was less than Golden, based on weak visitor data due to coronavirus travel restrictions. Things should pick up tonight with Stock Connect, Shanghai, and Shenzhen reopening, though I predict volumes will really pick up next week. 

Mid-day yesterday, we had the announcement that the US would target Chinese mobile

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