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.
Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.
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.