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Thursday, October 8, 2020

China's Lufax files for $3 billion U.S. IPO


(Reuters) - Lufax Holding Ltd, one of China's largest online wealth management platforms, on Wednesday filed to list its shares in the United States, the latest company looking to take advantage of a rebound in capital markets.

Lufax, backed by financial giant Ping An Insurance Group <2318.HK> <601318.SS>, aims to raise about $3 billion in its initial public offering (IPO), which could take place as soon as the end of October, said three people with direct knowledge of the matter.

The sources, who declined to be named as the information was private, added the size of the offering had yet to be finalized and was subject to Lufax's valuation.

The company, which is looking to list its American depositary shares on the New York Stock Exchange, did not disclose the size of the IPO, but set a placeholder amount of $100 million.

Lufax didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on its IPO size and timetable.

Lufax was valued at $38 billion before its latest fundraising in 2018.

The company's filing follows the listing of OneConnect Financial Technology <OCFT.N>, another fintech company backed by Ping An, which raised $312 million in December 2019.

It also comes against the backdrop of a number of Chinese companies looking to reconsider their listings on U.S. exchanges amid rising U.S.-China tensions.

Set up in 2011 as a P2P (peer to peer) platform by Ping An, Lufax has, however, been exiting the once core business as China cracked down on the sector to contain financial risks.

Lufax postponed a Hong Kong listing slated for the first half of 2018 amid uncertainty over China's consumer lending regulation.

The company posted a net profit of 7.27 billion yuan ($1.07 billion) for the six months ended June 30, compared with 7.48 billion yuan a year earlier.

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