China's Kuaishou seeks to raise up to $5.42 billion in Hong Kong IPO

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(Reuters) - Chinese online video company Kuaishou Technology on Tuesday said it was looking to raise as much as HK$42 billion ($5.42 billion) in an initial public offering (IPO).

The Tencent-backed online video site, which operates apps that allow user-uploaded videos as well as live-streaming programs, said it would issue 365.2 million shares at between HK$105 and HK$115 a share.

On Monday, a term sheet reviewed by Reuters had shown there was a so-called greenshoe option to sell an additional 54.78 million shares in the 30 days after listing which could take the total amount raised up to $5.7 billion to $6.2 billion.

A greenshoe option, or over-allotment, allows companies to issue more shares in an IPO when there is greater demand from participants during the initial offering.

The IPO will value the firm at between $55.6 billion and $60 billion, pre greenshoe, and between $56.3 billion and $61.7 billion if the extra shares are sold.

ByteDance rival Kuaishou needs to raise $6.2 billion to become the largest IPO in Hong Kong in more than a year, surpassing Budweiser Brewing Company's $5.75 billion IPO in September 2019.

($1 = 7.7516 Hong Kong dollars)

(Reporting by Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel)