July 11, 2019 / 5:44 AM / 6 days ago

Budweiser APAC guides pricing towards low end of range for up to $9.8 bln HK IPO -sources

HONG KONG, July 11 (Reuters) - Budweiser Brewing Company APAC, the Asia-Pacific business of Anheuser-Busch InBev, has guided potential investors towards the bottom of a marketed pricing range for its up to $9.8 billion Hong Kong IPO, two people said.

Investors have already subscribed for more shares than the company is offering in the float, the world’s biggest initial public offering this year, Reuters has reported.

The books, which have attracted orders from long-only institutions, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds, will close in Asia and Europe on Thursday at 5 pm and noon New York time, or 1700 GMT, said one of the sources.

The final price has yet to be set and is subject to change.

Budweiser APAC, whose portfolio of more than 50 beer brands includes Stella Artois and Corona, is selling about 1.6 billion primary shares at between HK$40-$47 ($5.13-$6.02) apiece.

It is seeking to raise between $8.3 billion and $9.8 billion via the float, much of which will go towards paying down debt at its highly leveraged parent.

The company declined to comment.

The sources declined to be identified as they were not authorised to speak on the matter. ($1 = 7.8160 Hong Kong dollars) (Reporting by Julie Zhu; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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