Pop Mart shares jump 100% in Hong Kong IPO debut

Pop Mart shares jump 100% in Hong Kong IPO debut

© Reuters. Customers are seen inside a store of Chinese toy maker Pop Mart at a shopping mall in Beijing © Reuters. Customers are seen inside a store of Chinese toy maker Pop Mart at a shopping mall in Beijing

By Scott Murdoch and Donny Kwok

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Pop Mart shares opened 100% higher in its Hong Kong stock market debut on Friday after the Chinese toy maker raised $676 million in an initial public offering (IPO).

The company priced its IPO shares at HK$38.50 in the deal that was hotly contested by institutional and retail investors.

Pop Mart's shares opened at HK$77.10, outpacing the broader Hang Seng Index which is trading up 0.7% in the final session of the week.

Pop Mart's main product is "mystery" toy boxes that each hold a single figurine from different collections while its best selling character is the round-faced Molly doll.

Pop Mart's shares were priced at the top of the range flagged by the company and its advisers during the bookbuild carried out last week.

The company did not take on cornerstone shareholders which typically feature in most Hong Kong IPOs because its advisers were confident the deal would be highly sought after by investors.

Pop Mart's documents lodged with the Hong Kong Exchange showed the institutional portion of the deal was 44 times covered while the retail component was 356 times over subscribed.

The official debut follows Pop Mart's shares rising 103% on Thursday in grey market trading set by Phillip Securities in Hong Kong.

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