FACTBOX-Process for new listings in London, Hong Kong

April 10 (Reuters) – Swiss-based commodities trader Glencore
[GLEN.UL] is expected to launch a $10 billion London and Hong
Kong initial public offering (IPO) in mid-April.

The process in the two jurisdictions differs in both length
and structure, but the dual offering is expected to be completed
around the same time so the London portion will begin first.

Below is the usual IPO timetable for London and Hong Kong:


There is no formal IPO timetable, but most companies choose
to follow the month-long “two plus two” format.

Glencore may decide to be more creative on timing as its
offer period is likely to coincide with several public holidays
in both Europe and other parts of the world, and it has already
held many pre-IPO meetings with potential investors.

DAY 1 — Intention to float announced, research published

* A listing usually officially kicks off with an intention
to float (ITF) announcement, which can detail things such as
timing, the amount to be raised, existing share holdings and
information on a firm’s finances and operations.

* On the same day as the ITF, analyst research into the
company is published.

DAY 1-14 — Two weeks of pre-marketing

* The publication of research is usually followed by around
two weeks of pre-marketing, also known as investor education, in
which investors are taken through the analyst research.

DAY 15 — Price range

* The issuer, in partnership with its investment bank
advisers, sets a price range at which it will offer its shares,
taking into account things such as analyst valuation estimates
and feedback from investors during pre-marketing.

* A pathfinder prospectus is published at this stage.

DAY 15-30 — Two weeks of bookbuilding, roadshows

* Books on the offer open. Management embark on roughly two
weeks of roadshows, visiting investors all over the world to
drum up demand, while bankers build the order book and look to
narrow down where within the range the offer should price.

DAY 30 — Final pricing and allocation

* The final price of the shares is decided and they are
allocated to investors. Shares usually begin conditional trading
on the same day as the final price is announced.


There is no formal announcement when a company launches its
listing in Hong Kong, and issuers can go ahead with an IPO at
any point after they have received approval from the stock
exchange listings hearing committee.

DAY 1 — Listing document published

* The IPO starts with the publication of a company’s listing
document, which details information such as financials,
strategy, competitors. After submitting a series of documents to
the exchange, the company can go ahead with filing a prospectus
with more details of the offering.

There is no fixed timeline for publishing the prospectus,
but before 11 a.m. on the day it is published the company has to
get authorisation to register the prospectus and file two copies
of the prospectus with regulators.

DAY 1-14 — Two weeks of pre-marketing

* Similar to in the London process, the company then spends
around two weeks doing pre-marketing.

DAY 15-22 — Eight-day roadshow

* The order books open on the institutional portion of the
offering. An eight-day roadshow by company management begins.

DAY 19 — Retail offer opens

* The retail portion of the listing, known as the Hong Kong
Public Offer, begins four days after books are opened to
institutional investors.

DAY 22 — Pricing

* The institutional and retail offerings close on the same
day. The offer is priced on the last day of the bookbuild and
shares usually begin trading the following week.

(Compiled by Kylie MacLellan, Denny Thomas and Elzio Barreto)

FACTBOX-Process for new listings in London, Hong Kong