Online Steel Market in China The ZG Group has reached an agreement to combine with a Hong Kong blank-check firm sponsored by China Merchants Bank Co.’s offshore asset management arm in order to go public in Hong Kong.
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The Shanghai-based business previously known as Zhaogang.com has filed with the market on Thursday to confirm a Bloomberg News story that it would merge with the Hong Kong-listed Aquila Acquisition Corp. The transaction places a HK$10 billion ($1.3 billion) value on ZG Group.
A total of ten investors, including a unit of commodities trading behemoth Trafigura Group, have committed to a private investment in public equity (PIPE) to finance the deal, as detailed in a regulatory filing. The amount raised from the PIPE is HK$605,000,000.
On Thursday, Aquila Acquisition shares remained constant at HK$8.93, with around HK$18 million changing hands.
Since Hong Kong’s stock market introduced SPAC guidelines in 2021 to try to cash in on the $245 billion US infatuation that flared and died in less than two years, a successful merger would be the first so-called de-SPAC by a Hong Kong-listed blank-check business.
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In March of 2022, Aquila became the first special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) to go public in Asia. The IPO brought in roughly HK$1 billion ($128 million). According to its prospectus, the blank check firm intended to look for a target in Asia, with a particular emphasis on China, inside “new economy” industries. On Wednesday, the SPAC’s shares ended at HK$8.93, down from their initial offering price of HK$10.
The filing indicates that an extraordinary general meeting of Aquila shareholders to vote on the merger would be convened in or around the first week of December. After the de-SPAC merger, the firm will split into two classes, with Class A shareholders receiving one vote and Class B shareholders receiving ten votes each.