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Temasek to invest up to $300 million in China AgBank IPO: source

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According to Reuters, “Singapore’s state investment fund Temasek plans to invest up to $300 million in the Agricultural Bank of China, ahead of its roughly $20 billion IPO, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Saturday. Temasek’s commitment to China’s third largest bank is a positive step for the offering, though it is less than the $1 billion that AgBank’s underwriters are hoping to get from Middle East and Asian sovereign wealth fund cornerstone investors.

So-called cornerstone investors are a key layer of financial backing for an IPO. AgBank’s Shanghai-Hong Kong listing will be the world’s largest ever IPO if it exceeds $21.9 billion. Temasek declined to comment. AgBank could not immediately be reached. The source was not authorized to speak on the record about the deal.

Reuters earlier reported that Temasek, and sovereign funds from Kuwait and Qatar were expected to sign on to AgBank’s offering.

The Beijing-based bank, founded in 1951 by Mao Zedong as the rural unit of the central bank, is still known a customer base spread across China’s far-flung parts, though it does a have a major presence of most of the country’s major cities.”

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Central Huijin, part of the China Investment Corporation has a large stake in the Agricultural Bank of China.

Learn more about past direct SWF transactions: Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database (SWFTD).

Alibaba Invests in Series C in 1919 Wines

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On October 18, 2018, Alibaba Group Holding Limited, through Alibaba (China) Network Technology Co., Ltd, invested some 2,000,000,065.08 RMB (US$ 288,447,000) for 39,277,299 shares in a Series C round into 1919 Wines & Spirits Platform Technology Co., Ltd., a Chinese alcohol beverage e-commerce retailer. Post-deal, Alibaba owns about 29% of the company shares and became the second largest shareholder of 1919 Wines. The transaction values 1919 Wines at 7 billion RMB.

GF Securities Co., Ltd. advised 1919 Wines on the transaction.

Formed in 2010, 1919 Wines is based in Chengdu. 1919 Wines owns retail portals, phone apps, and offline stores.

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Nomura and CIC Contemplate Joint Investment Fund

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Japan-based Nomura Holdings is in talks with the China Investment Corporation (CIC) on forming a new investment fund. The fund could be receive commitments up to US$ 1 billion. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Temasek Holdings Dumps More of Celltrion

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On October 22, 2018, Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, through its sovereign wealth enterprise (SWE) Ion Investments, entered into its second block deal in selling shares in Celltrion, a South Korean bio-pharmaceutical company. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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