HONG KONG Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical (Group) Co Ltd (600196.SS) is set to launch an up to $600 million Hong Kong stock offering on Tuesday, a source with direct knowledge of the plans said, the biggest share sale in three months to hit the once-booming Asian equity capital market.
The deal was originally set to be launched last Thursday, the first major stock sale in Hong Kong after a drought of nearly three months in offerings. It would be the largest offering in Hong Kong since Shanghai-listed Inner Mongolia Yitai Coal Co Ltd (900948.SS) (3948.HK) raised about $900 million in early July.
Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical is set to price the offering on October 22 or 23, said the source, who was not authorised to speak publicly on the matter.
Equity markets in Hong Kong, which led the world in issuance for two years in a row in 2009 and 2010, have dwindled with new stock offerings down by more than 80 percent so far this year.
The company is offering shares at an indicative range of HK$11.08 to HK$13.68 each, the source said. At the low end of the range, the price would be equivalent to 14.5 times Fosun Pharmaceutical's estimated 2012 earnings and 12.1 times its 2013 earnings.
Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical is a subsidiary of Fosun International (0656.HK), one of China's largest conglomerates. The company has secured $75 million in cornerstone investments from Prudential Financial (PRU.N) and the World Bank's private investment arm, International Finance Corp (IFC), Thomson Reuters publication IFR reported.
China International Capital Corp (CICC), Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE), JPMorgan (JPM.N) and UBS UBSN.VX are handling the offering.
(Reporting by Elzio Barreto; Editing by Richard Pullin and Chris Gallagher)