ZTE plans to raise US$1.7 billion from A-share sale for 5G push

January 16, 2020 10:48
ZTE plans to issue 381.098 million A shares to independent third-party investors. Photo: AFP

ZTE Corp. (00763.HK, 000063.CN) said it was looking to raise 11.51 billion yuan (US$1.7 billion) from a private placement of A shares and use the proceeds for research and development (R&D) of 5G networks as well as working capital, Reuters reports.

The Chinese telecom equipment maker said on Thursday it planned to issue 381.098 million A shares, or 8.27 percent of the total issued share capital on completion of the deal, to independent third-party investors at 30.21 yuan apiece.

That represents a discount of 18.2 percent to ZTE’s A-share closing price of 36.92 yuan in Shenzhen on Wednesday.

The deal will enable the company to maintain its high level of investment in R&D, ensure its technological competitive edge, develop its main products and businesses, as well as help increase its market share in the mainstream markets, it said.

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