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China Tourism shares perform poorly by opening at 24% before closing flat at its Hong Kong debut, ET TravelWorld News, ET TravelWorld

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Shares of China Tourism Group Duty Free Corp opened down 24 per cent at its Hong Kong debut, but rallied to close flat after the listing raised USD 2.1 billion in the financial hub’s largest such exercise in 2022.

China Tourism is a major duty-free network operator in mainland China, with 200 duty free stores in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Cambodia, its filings show.

The stock opened at HKD 120, versus the offer price of USD HKD 158 in the deal, but then bounced to trade down 0.48 per cent. The company’s debut was delayed until 0500 GMT after the Hong Kong Stock Exchange trading session was shortened because of a typhoon.

The stock closed at HKD 158, underperforming the benchmark Hang Seng Index, which gained 3.53 per cent. Its Shanghai listed shares gained 1.6 per cent.

Refinitiv data showed 6.7 million China Tourism shares, worth HKD 1.05 billion, were traded during the session. Shanghai-listed China Tourism sold 102.76 million shares in the listing.

The company priced its shares at the upper end of the HKD 143.50 to HKD 165.50 range flagged when the deal was launched this month. That price represents a discount of about 35 per cent to the trading value of the Shanghai listed stock.

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“The pricing was expensive, given the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak in China, and deteriorating profitability of the company,” said Shifara Samsudeen, a LightStream Research analyst who publishes on Smartkarma.“The Hong Kong shares are trading around the listing price and we expect the share price to drop further in the coming days, as the outlook on the travel retail sector is bleak, given the slowdown in global economies.”

Institutional investors subscribed for 4.7 times the number of shares on offer in the international tranche of the deal, the firm’s filings showed.

The deal’s bookbuild was carried out as Hainan, the company’s biggest mainland market, was locked down due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

China Tourism’s listing takes to USD 6.7 billion the amount raised in Hong Kong in initial public offerings and secondary listings so far in 2022, down 80.7 per cent on the same last year, Refinitiv data shows.

It is the year’s slowest start for the city’s equity capital markets since 2013, the data showed.

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