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China’s KE Holdings Plans ‘Homecoming’ Listing in Hong Kong

New York-listed Chinese real estate firm said it will start trading its stock on the Hong Kong exchange on May 11


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KE Holdings said it was exploring possible solutions to protect the interest of its stakeholders and would continue to comply with laws in the United States and China. File photo: Jade Gao, AFP.

 

New York-listed Chinese real estate firm KE Holdings plans to list its shares in Hong Kong in a so-called ‘homecoming’ listing.

Unlike a typical initial public offering (IPO) or secondary listing, KE Holdings, which runs online property platform Beike that matches buyers and sellers of real estate, will raise no capital and issue no new shares in what is termed a listing by introduction.

The company will start trading its stock on the Hong Kong exchange on May 11, it said in regulatory filings.

The increased number of return-home deals has been triggered by US regulators’ heightened scrutiny and stricter audit requirements for US-listed Chinese companies amid political tensions between the countries.

Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio listed by introduction in Hong Kong in March.

 

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Under US Regulator’s Lens

KE Holdings did not describe the reasons for pursuing the Hong Kong listing. It comes after it was added on April 22 by US authorities to a list of companies that could be delisted from American exchanges if they did not allow US auditors to access their accounts.

KE Holdings then said it was exploring possible solutions to protect the interest of its stakeholders and would continue to comply with laws in the United States and China.

The US list was expanded on Wednesday to include 80 more companies including Chinese online retail giant JD.com that could be delisted if they fail to comply with American auditing standards for three years in a row.

KE Holdings was reported to be considering a Hong Kong share sale in September last year, although the company said at the time it had no imminent plans for such a listing.

Goldman Sachs and China International Capital Corp are sponsoring the KE Holdings listing, filings showed on Thursday.

 

  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean OMeara

 

 

 

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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.

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