Chinese tower operator Guodong plans HK IPO

HONG KONG • Guodong Group, a Chinese wireless infrastructure company, is planning an initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong that could raise about US$300 million (RM1.22 billion), according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The Shanghai-based company plans to sell shares as soon as this year, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private. Guodong is working with advisors on the planned listing, the people said.

Guodong’s sale plan follows that of China Tower Corp, the state-owned wireless giant that operates 96% of the country’s towers, which raised US$7.5 billion in a landmark Hong Kong listing last year.

China Tower’s shares have since jumped 46%, while the city’s benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 4%.

Details of the offering including the fundraising size could change, the people said. A representative for Guodong didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Guodong, founded in 2001 and with an enterprise value of over 10 billion yuan (RM6.09 billion), operates in more than 300 cities in China, according to its website. Becoming a listed company is the first step in its “three-step strategic plan”.

Apart from operating tower assets, Guodong also owns data centres and manufactures parts for tower sites owned by China’s top three carriers — China Mobile Ltd, China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd and China Telecom Corp. — Bloomberg