Li Ka-Shing Buys Shares In Postal Bank

September 29, 2016

NewsStandOnline.Net (29-September-2016): Billionaire Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong’s richest person, has made a “long-term investment” in Postal Savings Bank of China Co., which listed on the city’s stock exchange yesterday.

The chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd., his three charitable foundations and his son Victor Li, hold a combined 11.62 percent of H-shares in the Chinese lender, according to an e-mailed statement earlier today. That’s about 2.8 percent of the shares issued by Postal Bank, a stake that’s worth $1.4 billion at current prices.

Postal Bank raised $7.4 billion in its Hong Kong initial public offering, which was the biggest sale since e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. listed in 2014.

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The shares traded at HK$4.77 as of 3:35 p.m. local time today, little changed from its IPO price of HK$4.76.

“Mr. Li Ka-shing is absolutely confident in the bank and thinks it’s a suitable financial investment” for himself and his charities, according to a statement issued separately by Hutchison and the tycoon’s other flagship company Cheung Kong Property Holdings Ltd. “Mr. Li Ka-shing considers this project as a long-term investment.”

A fund connected with billionaire George Soros is also among investors in Postal Bank, Caixin reported yesterday, citing an unidentified person familiar with the matter. Soros Fund Management and the Chinese lender didn’t respond to requests for comment.