Two of Hong Kong’s largest IPOs for 2022 plunge in trading debut

A gong inside the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. China Vanke’s subsidiary Onewo and EV maker Zhejiang Leapmotor Technology began trading on the Hong Kong market on Thursday.

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Two of Hong Kong’s largest initial public offerings of the year dropped on their first day of trade in the city on Thursday.

Shares of Onewo dropped 5.37% from its offer price of 49.35 Hong Kong dollars ($6.29) per share in early trade, while Leapmotor’s stock also fell 21% compared to its offer price of 48 Hong Kong dollars per share.

The moves come after the companies’ shares reportedly fell in grey market trading the previous day.

The broader Hang Seng index was last up 1.97%.

The retail tranche of shares for both initial public offerings were undersubscribed, according to their respective filings. Around 82% of Onewo’s shares for the local market were bought, and only 16% of Leapmotor were purchased, the filings said.

Unsold shares were allocated to international buyers.

Onewo, a subsidiary of property developer China Vanke, raised 5.6 billion Hong Kong dollars ($713.5 million), while Leapmotor raised 6.06 billion Hong Kong dollars ($771.7 million).

Data from the Hong Kong Exchange (HKEX) show there were 48 new listings in Hong Kong from January to August in 2022, raising a total of 56 billion Hong Kong dollars ($7.1 billion) – a steep drop from the same period in 2021, in which there were 69 new listings that raised 271.4 billion ($34.6 billion) Hong Kong dollars.

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