Weibo's Nasdaq debut highlights Chinese censorship

| Apr 18, 2014

Weibo's Nasdaq debut highlights Chinese censorship

Weibo Corp. executives on Thursday toasted the Chinese social media firm’s debut at Nasdaq’s New York headquarters. Hours earlier in Beijing, Charles Xue, a Chinese-American venture capitalist and prominent Weibo user, celebrated a different kind of coming-out: his release after eight months in jail. ...

Apr 10, 2014

Chagrined Seibu cuts IPO value 73%

Seibu Holdings Inc., owner of Japan’s biggest hotel chain, reduced the size of its initial public offering by at least 73 percent with its largest shareholder opting out after investors balked at the valuation. Seibu is seeking as much as ¥50.1 billion ($491 million) ...

Mar 25, 2014

Japan Display earns big return for INCJ despite IPO flop

Look beyond the messy initial public offering of Japan Display Inc. and there’s a surprising tale in the numbers: The government helped combine three struggling businesses, restructure them to turn the combined entity profitable — and made money in the process. The government-backed Innovation ...

Screen maker's IPO 'a disaster'

Mar 19, 2014

Screen maker's IPO 'a disaster'

by Hiroshi Hiyama

Shares in Japan Display, the world’s biggest maker of screens for smartphones and tablets and a key Apple supplier, lost more than 15 percent of their value Wednesday following a $3.2 billion initial public offering. The stock, which at one stage lost more than ...

Jan 29, 2014

Skylark said working with Nomura, BoA on IPO

Restaurant operator Skylark Co., which is controlled by Bain Capital LLC, is working with Nomura Holdings Inc. and Bank of America Corp. to prepare its initial public offering, two sources said. Skylark plans to go public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange later this year, ...

Dec 4, 2013

IPOs on pace to grow 20% in '13

Initial public offerings in 2013 are on track to grow some 20 percent from the previous year amid a buoyant stock market thanks partly to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policies. The number of newly listed companies is likely to rise to 58, exceeding ...

Sep 19, 2013

Japan Post, bank, insurer all plan IPOs in 2015

Japan Post Holdings Co. plans to go public together with its banking and insurance units in spring 2015, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. The disclosure suggests the state-owned financial behemoth is flip-flopping on its original plan to hold off on the IPOs ...

Jul 25, 2013

Japan Post to expand Aflac alliance

Japan Post Group plans to expand its business collaboration with American Family Life Assurance Co. (Aflac) by sharply increasing sales outlets handling the U.S. insurer’s cancer policies.

Jun 26, 2013

Suntory ¥388 billion drinks IPO priced at low end

Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd. is set to raise as much as ¥388.1 billion in Japan’s biggest initial public offering this year after pricing near the low end of its range as volatile markets curbed demand. The Tokyo-based soft drinks unit of Suntory Holdings ...

May 31, 2013

Suntory Beverage seeks ¥476 billion in top 2013 IPO

Suntory Holdings Ltd. is poised to raise as much as ¥476 billion by listing shares of its nonalcoholic beverage business in what would be Japan’s largest initial public offering this year. The company has set a tentative IPO price of ¥3,800 per share for ...