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A new billionaire and eightfold spike in value: magic of listing in China

Mindray, which makes patient-monitoring and life-support systems as well as ultrasound machines, posted revenue of 13.6 billion yuan ($2.1 billion) in 2018

Venus Feng | Bloomberg 

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When secured his company’s first contract at a medical-equipment convention in the 1990s, he was trembling with such excitement that he had to sign three times.

Today, is China’s largest medical-equipment manufacturer, a $25 billion behemoth that has made Li, the chairman, Singapore’s third-richest person with a $7.2 billion fortune, and given fellow co-founder Xu Hang a $6.7 billion nest egg. Thanks to the firm’s decision to relist in China, its market value has swelled almost eightfold, creating yet another billionaire: company President Cheng Minghe. The three have a combined net worth of $15.3 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

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Shares of the company had traded in New York until 2016, when a consortium led by Li, Xu and Cheng took it private at a market value of $3.3 billion, regulatory filings show. In October, the firm relisted on the Shenzhen stock exchange’s through an initial public offering that valued Mindray at $8.6 billion. The stock has surged 189 per cent since.

Mindray, which makes patient-monitoring and life-support systems as well as ultrasound machines, posted revenue of 13.6 billion yuan ($2.1 billion) in 2018, a 23 per cent increase from a year earlier. Net income climbed 42 per cent to 3.7 billion yuan.

Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Nikkie Lu predicts the medical-equipment maker will gain market share in China from overseas competitors including General Electric Co. and Roche Holding AG as the country’s policies favor a shift away from imports.

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Mindray is among several Chinese companies that delisted in the US to seek higher valuations at home. The market value of billionaire Jason Jiang’s Focus Media Information Technology Co. more than tripled since 2013, when it went private in a $3.8 billion buyout. Zhou Hongyi, chairman of 360 Security Technology Inc., added $12 billion to his fortune at the time the software provider began trading in China through a backdoor listing.

First Published: Sun, May 05 2019. 08:07 IST
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