Fintech Arm of Chinese Insurance Giant Shoots for $500M IPO in US
Adrian Zmudzinski's original article for cointelegraph.com reduced by 70%
OneConnect, the financial technology subsidiary of Chinese insurance giant Ping An, has updated its filing for an initial public offering with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Reports circulating in November claimed that OneConnect initially sought approval for a $100 million IPO. In the filing, the company explains that its platform provides "Cloud-native technology solutions" and its "Solutions provide technology applications and technology-enabled business services to financial institutions." The firm also claims that at the end of September it had over 3,700 customers, including "All of China's major banks, 99% of its city commercial banks, and 46% of its insurance companies, collectively reaching hundreds of millions of end-customers." Technologies employed by the company include artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain.
The current target is much lower than the $1 billion OneConnect sought in a Hong Kong IPO filing earlier this year. OneConnect's technology has been used to develop the major blockchain-based trade finance platform eTradeConnect in partnership with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. According to company data website Crunchbase, OneConnect has received $650 million in funding so far in a single round led by Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank.
Last month, Bitcoin mining giant Canaan Creative also held an IPO, which raised $90 million - over 75% less than expected.
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