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Shares in Topsports International Holdings (6110.HK) rose nearly 8% on debut in Hong Kong on Thursday after China’s largest sportswear manufacturer raised $1.0 billion in an initial public offering (IPO) last week. 

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The stock of the Shenzhen-based company climbed to HK$9.16, compared to the IPO price of HK$8.50 which had given it a market capitalization of about $6.74 billion. 

The broader Hong Kong stock market HSI was up 0.4%. 

The performance of Topsports shares will be closely watched as a test of investor sentiment given new stock issuance on the Hong Kong share market has slumped 44.4% so far in 2019 compared to the same period last year, according to Refinitiv data.

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The fall has been attributed by bankers and analysts to negative investor sentiment created by the political unrest that has gripped Hong Kong.

Topsports distributes and is a retail partner of global sportswear makers Nike Inc (NKE.N) and Adidas AG (ADSGn.DE). 

As part of the IPO, Topsports has the right to exercise an over-allotment option, known as a green shoe, to raise up to $1.2 billion. The IPO was sponsored by Bank of America (BAC.N) and Morgan Stanley (MS.N). Topsports previously said it would use nearly 27% of the IPO proceeds to repay short-term bank loans and 45% to repay debt to parent Belle International Holdings Ltd. 

The IPO followed that of Budweiser Brewing Company (1876.HK), which raised $5 billion on Sept. 24 in the world’s second largest IPO this year. Budweiser’s shares have risen to HK$32.40 from the HK$27.0 issue price.

Source: Reuters

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