China's Weibo seeks up to US$1.2 billion in first syndicated loan

WEIBO is seeking an up to US$1.2 billion syndicated financing, following other Chinese social media platforms in venturing offshore to raise funds.

The investment-grade rated firm is marketing the deal at an initial size of US$900 million and has the option to increase by up to US$300 million, according to people familiar with the matter.

Proceeds from the 5-year financing will be used for general corporate purposes and refinancing, including capital expenditures, said the people, who are not authorised to speak publicly.

Citigroup and Credit Suisse Group are coordinating the syndication and a bank presentation is scheduled for Jul 11. A representative from the company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Chinese companies from the communications sector raised a record US$11.3 billion of loans offshore in 2021, spurred by the likes of Bytedance and search engine Baidu, according to Bloomberg data. BLOOMBERG

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