Chinese state-owned Xiamen Bank Co., Ltd kicked off its subscription exercise with a target to raise as much as 1.77 billion yuan ($263 million) on the Main Board of the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) on October 13.
Backed by Taipei-based Fubon Financial Holding, Xiamen Bank has offered up to 264 million common shares at 6.71 yuan ($1) apiece. Its shares have been oversubscribed 3,249 times. The bank aims to fuel its capital in a bid to consolidate competitive capacity in the market, it said in the IPO prospectus.
Located in Southeast China’s Fujian province, Xiamen Bank (formerly known as Xiamen Commercial Bank) operates 62 divisions in the province and beyond. Its services cover deposits, loans, bill settlement, fund and wealth management, trade financing, and investment banking. In addition, it also designates to offer economic exchanges between mainland China and Taiwan.
The bank clocked sales revenue of 2.71 billion yuan ($403 million) and a net profit of 968 million yuan ($144 million) in the first half of 2020. Its annual earnings in 2019 stood at 4.5 billion yuan ($671 million).
Xiamen Municipal Finance Bureau will remain the largest shareholder in Xiamen Bank after the IPO with an 18.19 per cent stake, down 2.02 per cent. Fubon Financial Holding will remain the second-largest shareholder with 17.95 per cent, followed by Beijing Shengda Xingye Real Estate Development (9.59%) and Chinese men’s clothing brand Septwolves (8.01%).
Fubon had initially made a strategic investment in Xiamen Bank in 2008, which was re-upped in 2018. The bank is also backed by Xiamen Port Holding Group, realty developer Zhengrong Group, textile and garment import & export company Jiangsu Sainty Corp, Xiamen Fig Group, and Foshan Electrical and Lighting.
Beijing-based China Securities is serving as the lead underwriter for the deal. Xiamen Bank will float the shares under the symbol “601187”.