BEIJING, Dec. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Weibo Corporation ("Weibo" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: WB), a leading social media platform in China, today announced the pricing of the global offering (the "Global Offering") of an aggregate of 11,000,000 Class A ordinary shares of the Company. Weibo is offering 5,500,000 Class A ordinary shares of the Company (the "New Shares") and Sina Corporation (the "Selling Shareholder") is offering 5,500,000 Class A ordinary shares of the Company, which are to be converted from the same number of Class B ordinary shares of the Company prior to the listing of Weibo’s Class A ordinary shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange as defined below (the "Sale Shares," and together with New Shares, the "Offer Shares"). The Global Offering comprises of a Hong Kong public offering (the "Hong Kong Public Offering") and an international offering (the "International Offering").
The final offer price for both the International Offering and the Hong Kong Public Offering (the "Offer Price") has been set as HK$272.80 per Offer Share. Based on the ratio of one Class A ordinary share per Nasdaq-listed American depositary shares (the "ADSs"), the Offer Price translates to approximately US$35.01 per ADS based on an exchange rate of HK$7.7915 to US$1.00.
Subject to approval from The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the "Hong Kong Stock Exchange"), the Class A ordinary shares of the Company are expected to begin trading on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 under the stock code "9898." The Global Offering is expected to close on the same day, subject to customary closing conditions.
In addition, the Selling Shareholder has granted an over-allotment option to the international underwriters, exercisable from the date on which our Class A ordinary shares are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange until January 1, 2022, being the 30th day after the last day for lodging applications under the Hong Kong Public Offering, to require the Selling Shareholder to sell up to an aggregate of 1,650,000 additional Class A ordinary shares of the Company (to be converted from the same number of Class B ordinary shares) at the Offer Price.
The gross proceeds to the Company from the Global Offering, before deducting underwriting fees and the offering expenses, are expected to be approximately HK$1,500.4 million. The Company will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the Class A ordinary shares to be offered by the Selling Shareholder.
The Company plans to use the net proceeds from the Global Offering for continuing to grow its user base and user engagement, and enhance its content ecosystem, for research and development to enhance its user experience and monetization capabilities, for selectively pursuing strategic alliances, investments and acquisitions, and for working capital and general corporate purposes.
Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited, CLSA Capital Markets Limited and China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited are the Joint Sponsors. Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited, CLSA Limited and China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited are Joint Representatives, Joint Global Coordinators, Joint Bookrunners and Joint Lead Managers for the Global Offering.
The International Offering is being made only by means of a preliminary prospectus supplement dated November 26, 2021 and the accompanying prospectus included in an automatic shelf registration statement on Form F-3 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on November 26, 2021, which automatically became effective upon filing. The registration statement on Form F-3 and the preliminary prospectus supplement are available at the SEC website at: http://www.sec.gov. The final prospectus supplement will be filed with the SEC and will be available on the SEC’s website at: http://www.sec.gov. When available, copies of the final prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to the offering may also be obtained from Goldman Sachs & Co. L.L.C., 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282-2198, Attention: Prospectus Department (1-866-471-2526), or E-Mail: Prospectus-Ny@gs.com, Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited, Attention: Prospectus Department, or E-mail: email@example.com, CLSA Limited, Attention: Project Wave team, or E-mail: ProjectWave@clsa.com and China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited, Attention: Capital Markets Department, or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The price of the Offer Shares of the Company may be stabilized in accordance with the Securities and Futures (Price Stabilizing) Rules (Chapter 571W of the Laws of Hong Kong). The details of the intended stabilization and how it will be regulated under the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Chapter 571 of the Laws of Hong Kong) have been contained in the prospectus of the Company dated November 29, 2021.
Weibo is a leading social media for people to create, discover and distribute content. Weibo combines the means of public self-expression in real time with a powerful platform for social interaction, content aggregation and content distribution. Any user can create and post a feed and attach multi-media and long-form content. User relationships on Weibo may be asymmetric; any user can follow any other user and add comments to a feed while reposting. This simple, asymmetric and distributed nature of Weibo allows an original feed to become a live viral conversation stream.
Weibo enables its advertising and marketing customers to promote their brands, products and services to users. Weibo offers a wide range of advertising and marketing solutions to companies of all sizes. The Company generates a substantial majority of its revenues from the sale of advertising and marketing services, including the sale of social display advertisement and promoted marketing offerings. Designed with a "mobile first" philosophy, Weibo displays content in a simple information feed format and offers native advertisement that conform to the information feed on our platform. To support the mobile format, we have developed and continuously refining our social interest graph recommendation engine, which enables our customers to perform people marketing and target audiences based on user demographics, social relationships, interests and behaviors, to achieve greater relevance, engagement and marketing effectiveness.
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