Alec Macfarlane is a columnist based with Breakingviews’ Asia team in Hong Kong. He was previously with the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, covering the Asian IPO market, and has also covered private equity for Dow Jones in London.
Valuation expectations are falling for state-owned mobile mast operator China Tower, just as they did for smartphone maker Xiaomi. A $50 bln max may now be $35 bln, with a slug heading to cornerstone investors. The techlash is bringing at least some sense back to the market.
Shanghai-based Pinduoduo is seeking a $20 bln valuation in a New York debut. Sales are surging, but its social-networking e-commerce business model targeted at lesser-known areas of China may perplex overseas investors. Unwelcome comparisons to Groupon and Zynga are possible.
Masayoshi Son’s sprawling operation attracted an investment of over $1 bln from hedge fund Tiger Global. That should help SoftBank narrow its conglomerate discount, as might spinning off the Japanese mobile unit. The massive Vision Fund, though, is a murky hodgepodge unto itself.