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UPDATE: CSRC to Apply Special Treatment to China Unicom’s Non-Public Shares Issuance

Summary:

  • The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has said it will apply special treatment to China Unicom’s (CHU.NYSE) non-public shares issuance, as reported by jrj.com.
  • The China Unicom fund raising has finally been formalized.

Why It Matters:

  • The giant Chinese telecom company previously announced a plan to raise RMB 78 billion by issuing new A-shares. However, the official announcement disappeared from the company’s website within 24 hours and the company declined to give any formal explanation.
  • Since February, the CSRC has tightened its regulation of companies which raise funds through issuing non-public shares. To the surprise of investors, the regulator said the old regulations would still apply to China Unicom, without providing further details.
  • Several companies including Tencent Holdings (0700.HK), Baidu Inc. (BIDU.NASDAQ), Alibaba Group (BABA.NYSE), China Life Insurance (LFC.NYSE/601628.SS/2628.HK), Suning Commerce Group (002024.SZ), and JD.COM (JD.NASDAQ) will participate in China Unicom’s mixed-ownership reform and benefit from CSRC’s “special approval”.