PropertyGuru offering shares at lower end of IPO range

Stock being priced to institutional shareholders to raise up to $355m

SYDNEY • South-east Asian online real estate portal PropertyGuru is offering shares at the lower end of the A$3.70 to A$4.50 indicated range as it takes orders for its Australian initial public offering (IPO), said two sources close to the deal.

A book message seen by Reuters - sent to investors yesterday by the deal's joint lead managers UBS and Credit Suisse - also said institutional demand was oversubscribed.

The sources did not want to be identified because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

Ahead of the deal, PropertyGuru had indicated that the stock would be priced to institutional shareholders to raise up to A$380.2 million (S$355 million).

Said the book message: "These firm allocations to retail brokers, combined with early orders and indications received from institutional investors prior to the formal opening of the bookbuild, are in excess of the deal size at the bottom end of the price range.

"Institutional price sensitivity is currently focused on the bottom end of the price range, with a number of indications above that level."

A successful IPO would buck the recent trend in Australia. Two deals - Latitude Financial and MPC Kinetic - failed in the past fortnight after they were unable to find enough investors.

New IPOs have raised just US$416 million (S$567 million) in the first nine months of this year, not including PropertyGuru. That is the lowest amount for the period since 2012, according to Refinitiv data.

The decline in new listings comes despite an 18.2 per cent jump for the stock market this year and record low official interest rates.

PropertyGuru shares are set to start trading on Friday if the bookbuild, to be finalised today, is successful.

PropertyGuru, backed by KKR and TPG Capital, is based in Singapore and operates in that market as well as in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. The firm has said it chose to list in Australia because of the presence of Domain and REA Group on the Australian Securities Exchange.

KKR and TPG are not selling down in the IPO but their holdings will be diluted. KKR's stake will shift from 30.4 per cent to 26 per cent, and KKR's will move from 27.25 per cent to 23.3 per cent, according to the PropertyGuru prospectus.

Emtek, the integrated Indonesian media company, will sell down 18.2 million shares, taking its holding from 15.5 per cent to 7.33 per cent.

UBS and Credit Suisse representatives declined to comment on the message sent to investors.

REUTERS

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