HONG KONG Nov 7 Chinese dairy company Liaoning
Huishan Holdings, backed by the Hong Kong billionaire whose
family controls jewellery firm Chow Tai Fook, has
hired three banks as sponsors of an up to $1 billion Hong Kong
IPO in 2013, sources said on Wednesday.
Deutsche Bank, HSBC and JPMorgan have been picked for the
deal, which is expected to take place in the second half of
2013, the sources with direct knowledge of the plan said.
The company has not given out formal mandates yet and the
final size of the deal would depend on market conditions when
the offer is launched, they added.
The sources were not authorized to discuss the IPO plans as
details are not yet public. The three banks declined to comment.
The company could not be reached for an immediate comment.
Huishan is the largest producer of dairy products in
Northeast China, and has been operating for more than 60 years,
Thomson Reuters publication IFR reported last month, putting the
deal at around $600 million.
The company counts Cheng Yu-tung, the Hong Kong property and
jewellery tycoon whose family controls Chow Tai Fook, as an
early investor. Chow Tai Fook itself went public last year,
raising $2.1 billion through a Hong Kong listing.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier on the banks'
mandates on the Huishan deal.