Oct 9, 2014

Skylark returns to TSE after eight-year buyout hiatus

Skylark Co., operator of the Bamiyan and Jonathan’s restaurant chains, returned to the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s first section Thursday, eight years after going private in a management buyout. Skylark shares were launched at ¥1,200 apiece, the same as its initial public offering price. The ...

Sep 29, 2014

Recruit seeks ¥197 billion in IPO to fund deals

Recruit Holdings Co. and its owners are seeking as much as ¥197 billion in an initial public offering to fund acquisitions. The Tokyo-based company and existing investors are offering 63.6 million shares at ¥2,800 to ¥3,100 each, it said in a filing with the ...

Line said to pursue U.S. IPO with confidential filing to SEC

Jul 18, 2014

Line said to pursue U.S. IPO with confidential filing to SEC

Line Corp., operator of Japan’s most popular mobile messaging service, filed confidentially for an initial offering in the United States, people with knowledge of the matter said, taking a step closer to a dual-listing in New York and Tokyo. Morgan Stanley is managing the ...

Jun 4, 2014

Line Corp. weighs Tokyo, New York IPOs this year

Smartphone messaging app operator Line Corp. is considering initial public offerings on bourses in Japan and the U.S. this year to raise funds and accelerate overseas business, according to sources. Line, a Tokyo-based subsidiary of South Korea’s Naver Corp., is considering listing on the ...

May 14, 2014

Staffing agency Recruit plans IPO

Staffing services provider Recruit Holdings Co. plans an initial public offering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange as soon as October, people with knowledge of the matter said. The Tokyo-based firm is expected to seek a valuation of more than ¥1 trillion, the people said, ...

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. ...