South China Morning Post
Meituan, China’s largest food delivery platform, is raising about US$10 billion in a flash sale on Monday of shares and convertible bonds. It is also offering up to US$3 billion worth of zero-coupon convertible bonds in two tranches, one due in 2027 and the other maturing in 2028. Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. Meituan plans to use the proceeds for the research and development of autonomous-delivery vehicles, drones delivery and other innovations, as well as for general corporate purposes. Drones are becoming an efficient way to carry packages on the “last mile” of delivery. alt=Drones are becoming an efficient way to carry packages on the “last mile” of delivery.> Shenzhen-headquartered technology giant Tencent Holdings has undertaken to subscribe up to US$400 million worth of Meituan shares at the same price as the top-up placement. The six-year convertible bonds come with an investor put in year four, while the seven-year convertible bonds are puttable in year five, the terms sheet showed. Revenues rose 35 per cent to 37.9 billion yuan in the quarter ended December, beating the 36 billion yuan estimated by a Bloomberg analyst survey, and up from 28 billion yuan during the same period in 2019. Meituan co-founder and chief executive Wang Xing acknowledged that community group buying was a drag on profits, but emphasised the company’s commitment to the model, calling it a rare opportunity for growth. The company warned that continued investment in this segment would likely lead to losses in future quarters. Meituan has recently sought to consolidate its food delivery service and use community group buying to expand beyond China’s biggest cities. Meituan Select is one of China’s leading services in the market, which offers cheaper groceries for people who join together to buy in bulk, a popular service in lower-tier cities. The market continues to expand in China despite recent regulatory scrutiny. After the share placement is completed, Meituan and Wang are subject to a lock up on their remaining shares of 90 days. Chinese equity and equity-linked (ECM) proceeds witnessed a record start to the year with US$72.2 billion raised in the first three months, a 142.8 per cent increase compared to the same period last year. Follow-on share sales totalled US$24.2 billion, up 126.9 per cent year on year. Chinese convertibles, or equity-linked issuance, grew 81.7 per cent from a year ago and amounted to US$14.4 billion, the highest start since 2019, according to data provider Refinitiv. High technology accounted for 30.7 per cent of China ECM activity, raising US$22.1 billion in proceeds, a significant 621.9 per cent increase from a year ago. This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. For more SCMP stories, please explore the SCMP app or visit the SCMP’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Copyright © 2021 South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Copyright (c) 2021. South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.