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Evergrande service unit to seek approval for US$2b Hong Kong IPO

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Evergrande Group owns about 72 per cent of the property services arm.

Hong Kong

EVERGRANDE Property Services Group is planning to seek listing approval as soon as next week for its Hong Kong initial public offering, which could raise at least US$2 billion, said people familiar with the matter.

The property management arm of China Evergrande Group could even raise as much as US$3 billion depending on market conditions, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified as the information is private.

Deliberations are ongoing and details of the share sale including size and timeline could still change, the people said.

A representative for Evergrande could not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Evergrande Property Services filed for the Hong Kong offering with the stock exchange in late September. Evergrande Group owns about 72 per cent of the property services arm, showed the preliminary prospectus.

Huatai International, UBS Group AG, ABC International, CCB International, Citic Securities and Haitong International are joint sponsors of the offering. Evergrande is facing pressure to pare back a US$120 billion debt pile and increase cash reserves.

China's housing watchdog and central bank have asked some of the country's biggest developers, including Evergrande, to report their financing, total debts and business data on the 15th of every month, Bloomberg News has reported. BLOOMBERG

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