China Cinda prices HK IPO at top to raise $2.5 bln-source

HONG KONG Wed Dec 4, 2013 7:48pm EST

HONG KONG Dec 5 (Reuters) - China Cinda Asset Management Co Ltd, the country's biggest bad debt manager, is set to raise $2.5 billion after pricing its Hong Kong IPO at the top of the marketing range, a source with direct knowledge of the plans said on Thursday.

Cinda priced the initial public offering at HK$3.58 per share, compared with an indicative range of HK$3.00-HK$3.58, added the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The company offered 5.32 billion new shares in the IPO, putting the deal value at about HK$19 billion ($2.5 billion).

Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse , Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley acted as sponsors of the IPO, with China Merchants Securities, UBS and 12 other banks also helping to manage the deal.

($1 = 7.7524 Hong Kong dollars) (Reporting by Denny Thomas and Elzio Barreto; Editing by Richard Pullin)

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