OneConnect Financial Technology Co., Ltd. (“OneConnect” or the “Company”) (NYSE: OCFT), a leading technology-as-a-service platform for financial institutions in China, today announced the closing of its underwritten public offering of 20,700,000 American depositary shares (“ADSs”), each representing three ordinary shares of the Company (the “Offering”), at a price of US$18.00 per ADS. The number of ADSs issued at closing included the exercise in full of the underwriters’ option to purchase 2,700,000 additional ADSs to cover over-allotment option.
Total proceeds to the Company from ADSs sold in the Offering, including the 18,000,000 ADSs sold in the firm offering and the 2,700,000 ADSs sold pursuant to the over-allotment option, were approximately US$356.4 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by the Company.
Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and China PA Securities (Hong Kong) Company Limited acted as joint bookrunners for the Offering.
The Company’s registration statement on Form F-1 related to the securities being sold in this offering was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 12, 2020. The registration statement on Form F-1 is available at the SEC’s website at: http://www.sec.gov. The offering was made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the prospectus relating to this Offering may be obtained by contacting: Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282, via telephone: +1-866-471-2526, or via facsimile: +1-212-902-9316, or via email: email@example.com; Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014, via telephone: 1-917-606-8487, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org; and China PA Securities (Hong Kong) Company Limited, Attention: ECM Department, Unit 3601, 36/F, The Center, 99 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, via telephone: 00852-3762-9778, or via email: email@example.com.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy ADSs or any other securities, nor shall there be any sale of ADSs in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
OneConnect is a leading technology-as-a-service platform for financial institutions in China. The Company’s platform provides cloud-native technology solutions that integrate extensive financial services industry expertise with market-leading technology. The Company’s solutions provide technology applications and technology-enabled business services to financial institutions. Together they enable the Company’s customers’ digital transformations, which help them increase revenue, manage risks, improve efficiency, enhance service quality and reduce costs.
Our technology-as-a-service platform strategically covers multiple verticals in the financial services industry, including banking, insurance and asset management, across the full scope of their businesses — from sales and marketing and risk management to customer services, as well as technology infrastructure such as data management, program development, and cloud services.
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