|Bid||11.10 x 800|
|Ask||12.25 x 800|
|Day's range||11.12 - 12.39|
|52-week range||9.43 - 16.60|
|Beta (5Y monthly)||N/A|
|PE ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Earnings date||17 Feb 2020|
|Forward dividend & yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y target est||15.56|
OneConnect Financial Technology Co., Ltd. ("OneConnect" or the "Company") (NYSE: OCFT), a leading technology-as-a-service platform for financial institutions in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Investors keep flocking to private equity in Asia even though returns are declining. They should take heed: Payouts are likely to get worse from here, rather than better.The hunt for yield in a low-interest world has spurred institutional investors from China Investment Corp. to Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund to join the rush into the alternative asset class. Private equity firms founded by former veterans of Warburg Pincus and KKR & Co. are seeking to raise at least $4.5 billion for new funds investing in China, Cathy Chan of Bloomberg News reported Thursday, in the latest sign of the region’s burgeoning appetite for nonpublic investments.New York-based KKR, meanwhile, is targeting more than $12.5 billion for its fourth Asian fund, which would surpass the record $10.6 billion raised by China’s Hillhouse Capital Group in 2018.(2) At the end of June, private equity firms in Asia were sitting on a record $361 billion of unspent capital, according to London-based market research firm Preqin.The returns haven’t lived up to the hype. Funds focused on Asia generated an internal rate of return of 12.8% last year, down from 15.5% in 2018, according to Preqin. That’s below what investors could have made outside the region: North American funds chalked up an IRR of 16.4% in 2019 while those centered on Europe returned 18%.Even brand-name private equity shops have sputtered. Hillhouse’s $10.6 billion fund saw its IRR slip by 5.16 percentage points between September 2018 and the third quarter of 2019. Over the same period, the MSCI Asia Pacific Index dropped 3.3%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. KKR’s two existing Asian mega-funds have had varying success.It’s getting harder for private equity firms to realize returns by selling companies on stock markets as the world wakes up to the reality that not all hot technology startups will be IPO winners. That follows disappointing debuts for high-profile names such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc., along with the collapse of WeWork’s U.S. share offering last year.Much of the private-equity action in Asia has focused on China, which has also had its share of setbacks. OneConnect Financial Technology Co., a unit of Ping An Insurance (Group) Co., cut the size of its U.S. IPO by almost half last month, while Oyo Hotels is firing thousands of staff in China and India. Like WeWork and Uber, both companies are backed by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp.The U.S.-China trade war has also had a damping effect, with some private equity-invested companies finding themselves embroiled in the tensions. Facial recognition startup Megvii Technology Ltd. delayed its IPO in Hong Kong after it was included in a U.S. blacklist cutting off its access to key American technology. Bytedance Inc., owner of the wildly popular video app TikTok, is now a subject of a U.S. national security review, and is weighing the sale of a majority stake in the unit.All that considered, it isn’t surprising that the value of private-equity backed trade sales dropped 14% to $28.5 billion last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, while share sales by private equity owners slumped 27% to $6.4 billion, declining for a third year to the lowest since 2013.While the U.S.-China phase one trade deal signed last week offers some hope of an improvement in conditions, money is still likely to keep piling up in Asian private equity. For one thing, there aren’t many better alternatives. Institutional investors need to diversify: They can’t keep all their funds in U.S. equities, even if these have been going gangbusters for years.But that doesn't mean individuals need to follow suit. Private equity investments are more risky because they are illiquid and take years to pay off. Smart investors should see the ever-growing piles of dry powder as a sign of danger rather than success.\--With assistance from Dani Yang and Irene Huang. (Corrects to remove non-annualized MSCI index comparisons in the second chart, deletes reference to KKR fund underperforming the market.)(1) The Hillhouse fund is the largest devoted specificallly to Asian investing. Chinese state-backed, or policy, funds such as a $29 billion vehicle created in October to invest in the semiconductor industry are larger.To contact the author of this story: Nisha Gopalan at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Matthew Brooker at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.Nisha Gopalan is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals and banking. She previously worked for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones as an editor and a reporter.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
OneConnect Financial Technology Co. Ltd. ("OneConnect" or "the Company") (OCFT), a leading technology-as-a-service platform for financial institutions in China, today announced the closing of the issuance of an additional 3,520,000 American Depositary Shares ("ADSs") of the Company at the initial public offering ( the "IPO") price of US$10.0 per ADS, pursuant to the partial exercise of the underwriters' over-allotment option in connection with the IPO.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The world’s second-largest insurer by market value is struggling to reinvent itself as a unicorn hub. Wariness by public investors toward unprofitable companies spells bad news for Ping An Insurance (Group) Co., which has plenty of tech firms it wants to take public at some point.The latest casualty is OneConnect Financial Technology Co., a cloud-based back-end platform for banks and insurers. A planned initial public offering in the U.S. set for Thursday was cut by almost half to just $260 million from a target of $504 million. Ping An didn’t give an official reason. Valuations of the unprofitable fintech company will now fall to half of the $4.4 billion to $5.2 billion range floated when investors were sounded out last week.That’s a blow to Ping An’s “technology-plus-finance” ambitions. Will the insurer lick its wounds or plow ahead? It can have a word with Masayoshi Son, still smarting from the WeWork debacle. His SoftBank Vision Fund bought into OneConnect last year at a valuation of $7.5 billion. All this is a shame, because OneConnect is perhaps the Shenzhen-based company’s strongest spinoff, providing a needed service to financial institutions struggling with legacy computer systems. It operates in a less-competitive space than Ping An’s consumer-focused apps.Ping An Healthcare and Technology Co., the online platform better known as Good Doctor, is a medical portal that competes with Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeDoctor. Its Hong Kong post-listing performance has been weak. After languishing for much of the year under its IPO price, the stock has only recently been in the black.Then there’s Lufax, which is more than 40% owned by Ping An and is also struggling. The world’s most valuable financial technology startup just three years ago, Lufax was caught up in Beijing’s clampdown on peer-to-peer lenders and is now reshaping itself as a consumer-finance company. It’s safe to say it won’t be listing anytime soon.Even China’s hottest companies have struggled to raise capital. OneConnect’s travails don’t bode well for another of Ping An’s B2B firms, HealthKonnect. The cloud platform for the healthcare sector was valued at $8.8 billion after a fundraising early last year. Now, the unprofitable startup will have to push any potential IPO plans further down the road. Ping An’s tech ambitions have allowed it to trade at 2.35 times book value versus 1.44 times for rival China Life Insurance Co., though the state firm has outperformed it in the past 12 months. Ping An trails only Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in market value as an insurer globally, but it’s a lot more expensive than Warren Buffett’s firm, which trades at 1.4 times book.The 31-year-old company set up OneConnect only in 2015, and perhaps one day it will be more a tech giant than an insurer. But fintech and “healthtech” made up just 4.1% of third-quarter revenue. Investors should remember that. To contact the author of this story: Nisha Gopalan at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Patrick McDowell at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Nisha Gopalan is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals and banking. She previously worked for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones as an editor and a reporter.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- China-based cloud fintech platform OneConnect Financial Technology Co. cut its planned U.S. initial public offering set for Thursday by almost half.The company, one of several Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. businesses backed by SoftBank Group Corp., said in a filing Wednesday that it was reducing both the size of the share sale as well as the targeted price range. Instead of raising as much as $504 million, the listing is now targeting as much as $260 million.OneConnect is now planning to sell 26 million shares for $9 to $10 each, instead of 36 million for $12 to $14 as planned earlier, according to the filing.OneConnect opted for a New York listing despite U.S.-China tensions. The company earlier considered a Hong Kong listing with a target of raising about $1 billion at a valuation of about $8 billion, Bloomberg reported in February.OneConnect, backed by SoftBank’s Vision Fund, provides technology solutions that help increase revenue and manage risks for small and midsize financial institutions in China.SoftBank has placed bets on companies under the state-linked insurer Ping An, as part of its play in combining technology and insurance. Last year, Vision Fund invested in Ping An Good Doctor and Ping An Healthcare Technology.OneConnect had a net loss of $147 million on revenue of $218 million during the nine months ended Sept. 30, compared with an $82 million net loss on revenue of $128 million for the same period last year, its filings show. Since 2017, Ping An Group has extended to OneConnect more than $1 billion in loans with interest rates ranging from 4.55% to 7.3%.The offering is being led by Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Ping An Securities Group Holdings Ltd. OneConnect said in the filing that it plans to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol OCFT.To contact the reporter on this story: Crystal Tse in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Liana Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org, Michael Hytha, Matthew MonksFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.