China’s Weibo, Leju make trading debut on US market

China’s Weibo, Leju make trading debut on US market

35Washington, April 18 (IANS) Chinese firms, Weibo Corporation and Leju Holdings Limited, made their trading debut on the US market Thursday.

Weibo, a Chinese microblogging website, said Thursday that its initial public offering (IPO) of 16.8 million American depositary shares (ADS), each representing one Class A ordinary share of the company, was priced at $17 per ADS, Xinhua reported.

Weibo’s shares began trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “WB.” It opened at $16.27 a share, below its IPO price, but staged a rally later.

Goldman Sachs (Asia) and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) acted as joint book runners for the offering.

Weibo, a leading social media platform for people to create, distribute and discover Chinese-language content, has had a profound social impact in China. In March, the company had 143.9 million monthly active users and 66.6 million average daily active users, according to a statement released Thursday on the company’s trading debut.

Leju, a leading online-to-offline (O2O) real estate services provider in China, said Thursday that its initial public offering of 10 million ADSs, each representing one ordinary share of the company, was priced at $10 per ADS.

Leju made its trading debut on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday under the ticker symbol “LEJU.” It opened at $10.80 a share and extended gains later in the session.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA), J.P. Morgan Securities, China Renaissance Securities (Hong Kong), Macquarie Capital (USA) and China Merchants Securities (HK) acted as joint book runners for the offering.

Leju’s online platform includes websites covering more than 250 cities as well as mobile applications. The firm also operates the real estate and home furnishing websites of leading internet companies such as SINA Corporation and Baidu Inc., and maintains a strategic partnership with Tencent Holdings Limited.

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