Sea sells Sea shares on the NYSE
The performance of the share price in Sea was unusually strong; part of the reason is the magic name Tencent on the shareholder register.
A follow-on deal for a southeast Asian internet company this week illustrated just how much investor appetite there is for digital stocks in Asia – particularly if the name Tencent appears in the shareholder list. Few companies see an increase in their share price right through a primary follow-on, particularly when their value has doubled since the start of the year anyway.
Sea Limited is a Singapore-based internet company and the operator of southeast Asia’s biggest gaming platform. It is backed by Chinese internet and gaming company Tencent, which held about 40% of the company’s stock at the time of its 2017 IPO.
This week it raised $1.35 billion in a follow-on offering through Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs as joint bookrunners. They set out to sell 50 million shares and eventually upped to 60 million, 6.3 million of them to a Tencent affiliate and a firm linked to one of Sea’s directors.
The follow-on was striking because of the movement of the share price from its IPO and through the follow-on. It raised $884 million in its New York IPO in October 2017 for $15 apiece, and its share price initially declined, trading around the $10 as recently as the start of 2019.