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China Tower raises $6.9 billion in IPO

Hong Kong, China | AFP | State-owned China Tower — the world’s largest operator of telecommunications towers — has raised $6.9 billion after pricing its initial public offering at the low end of the expected range, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday.

The Chinese company sold 43.1 billion shares at HK$1.26 (US$0.16) apiece, the report said.

China Tower last month set a price range of HK$1.26-1.58, according to a previous filing.

Trading on the Hong Kong exchange will begin on August 8.

The Beijing-based telecoms giant is the second prominent company to price at the low end recently, following Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s disappointing valuation a few weeks ago.

Analysts have said escalating US-China trade tensions have rattled investors.

Asian markets overall were mixed Wednesday, with Shanghai and Hong Kong sharply lower following reports the US was planning to more than double planned tariffs on China.

"The market continues to be very volatile," Hao Hong, head of research at Bocom International Holdings in Hong Kong, told Bloomberg News.

"Because of the unpredictability of Mr Trump, people are finding it very difficult to figure out which sectors have been priced in and by how much."

China Tower will become the world’s largest listing since Postal Savings Bank of China’s $7.6 billion offering in 2016, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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The company was established by combining the tower assets of state-owned China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom in 2014.

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