Gaming hardware maker Razer to launch IPO

HONG KONG • Razer, a gaming hardware maker backed by Intel Corp and Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka Shing, plans to launch on Monday a Hong Kong initial public offering of up to US$550 million (S$754 million), IFR reported yesterday, citing people close to the deal.

The company, which is based in Singapore and the United States, will offer shares in an indicative range of HK$2.93 to HK$4 each, added IFR, a Thomson Reuters publication.

Razer has secured US$150 million in commitments from cornerstone investors, including a US$20 million investment from Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC, IFR said.

Razer declined to comment, while GIC did not immediately reply to a Reuters request for comment.

The company was founded in 2005 by Mr Tan Min-Liang and Mr Robert Krakoff and has grown from producing a gaming mouse as its initial product to manufacturing laptops worth almost US$4,000.

Last year, it bought assets from a firm previously known as THX, founded by Hollywood filmmaker George Lucas. This year, it acquired certain assets and intellectual property from mobile phone manufacturer Nextbit Systems.

The acquisitions are expected to help the company launch new products in coming years, including a mobile gaming device, a person familiar with Razer's plans previously told Reuters.


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