The Straits Times
Published on Jun 30, 2014

China's Xinhua online news division launches $300m Shanghai IPO


SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - The online arm of China's official Xinhua news agency said it is seeking to raise US$240 million (S$300 million) in an initial public offering, the second state media firm to go public as Beijing looks to transform the sector into a more commercial one.

Xinhuanet Co Ltd, which plans to list in Shanghai, is aiming to raise about 1.5 billion yuan (S$301 million) by selling 51.9 million shares, it said in its prospectus posted on the China Securities Regulatory Commission website on Friday.

A listing would follow the 2012 debut of Ltd , the online site for the People's Daily, which also has ties to the central government and which raised more than twice its targeted amount.

Xinhuanet said the funds will be used for five different projects including a data analysis system and an online education scheme.