SoftBank, Temasek back JD Logistics' $4.7b listing in HK

HONG KONG • JD Logistics has attracted SoftBank Vision Fund and Temasek as cornerstone investors in its Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO), people with knowledge of the matter said, as the warehousing and shipping firm is set to kick off one of the year's biggest share sales in the city.

Blackstone Group and Tiger Global also committed to buying stock in the offering, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

SoftBank Vision Fund is set to invest US$600 million (S$800 million) in the offering, accounting for 40 per cent of the US$1.5 billion worth of shares the company has set aside for about seven cornerstone investors, the people said. That would make the prolific investor one of the largest shareholders in the company after its parent, JD.com Inc.

Singapore investment firm Temasek is signing up to buy US$220 million worth of stock, the people said, while China Chengtong Holdings Group, Matthews Asia and Oaktree Capital have also agreed to purchase shares.

JD Logistics aims to raise as much as US$3.5 billion (S$4.7 billion) in the first-time share sale and is set to start taking orders as soon as next week, the people said.

It would be the second-largest IPO in Hong Kong this year, after Kuaishou Technology's US$6.2 billion listing in February.

Bank of America, Goldman Sachs Group and Haitong International Securities Group are joint sponsors of the offering, according to its preliminary prospectus.

Cornerstone buyers typically agree to hold stock for a set period of time in exchange for early, guaranteed allocation.

JD Logistics is still finalising terms of the offering and details could change, the people said.

An external representative for JD Logistics and representatives for Blackstone, SoftBank Vision Fund and Temasek declined to comment. Representatives for China Chengtong, Matthews and Oaktree did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A representative for Tiger Global did not immediately respond to a request for comment outside of US business hours.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 15, 2021, with the headline 'SoftBank, Temasek back JD Logistics' $4.7b listing in HK'. Subscribe