China's Wanda Sports cuts U.S. IPO size, lowers price range

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Wanda Sports Group Co Ltd, a unit of Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, has cut the size of its U.S. initial public offering (IPO) to up to $308 million from a previous size of up to $500 million.

The firm set its IPO price range at $9 to $11 per American depositary share (ADS), compared with a previously stated range of $12 to $15, showed its latest prospectus filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday.

The cut indicates tepid U.S. investor demand for Chinese stocks after China's largest live-streaming platform DouYu International Holdings Ltd DOYU.O priced its $775 million Nasdaq IPO at the bottom of its price range last week.

Wanda Sports, the owner of Swiss sports marketing firm Infront Sports & Media AG as well as World Triathlon Corp, the organizer and promoter of the Ironman race, also cut the number of ADSs on sale to 28 million from 33.33 million, it said in the prospectus.

Wanda Sports said it plans to use the IPO proceeds to repay debt, fund strategic investments and for general corporate purposes.

The company, which owns sports properties and generates revenue from events, sponsorship and media production, reported a profit of 54 million euros ($60 million) in 2018, a 31% drop from one year earlier. It reported a loss of 8.6 million euros in the first three months of 2019, the prospectus showed.

The IPO follows a string of asset sales by parent Dalian Wanda which had built an empire with businesses as varied as real estate, sports and films. In 2015, the conglomerate bought Infront Sports & Media and World Triathlon for $1.2 billion and $650 million respectively.

However the group, owned by Wang Jianlin, one of China’s richest men, began selling assets as the government in recent years discouraged overseas deals dependent on high leverage.

It has offloaded domestic and overseas holdings, including stakes in cinema operator AMC Entertainment and Spanish soccer club Atletico Madrid and a handful of property developments.

Wanda Sports is due to start trading on Friday under the symbol “WSG” on the Nasdaq.

Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley are the leading banks on the IPO.

Reporting by Julie Zhu; Editing by Christopher Cushing