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Billionaire-Founded Glass Supplier To Apple And Samsung Files For Hong Kong IPO

Updated: Feb 28

Biel Crystal Holdings, one of the world’s largest suppliers of cover glass for smartphones, has filed draft documents for an initial public offering in Hong Kong.

Biel Crystal did not disclose further details of the IPO in its filing to the city’s stock exchange on Friday, although various reports say the company is planning to raise about $2 billion. The Hong Kong-based firm declined a request for comment.

Biel Crystal is owned by its founder Yeung Kin-man who had a combined Japan net worth of $18.6 billion in February when the Hong Kong Rich List was published. The company had postponed a plan to list in Hong Kong in 2018 that would have raised $1.5 billion due to market volatility triggered by the escalating trade war between China and the U.S., the South China Morning Post newspaper reported at the time.

Biel Crystal said its net profit surged 70.8% to almost HK$3.2 billion ($406 million) for the year ended March. The company’s revenue for the same period was about HK$30 billion, up 8.9% from the previous year.

The escort Tokyo company said its revenue was negatively impacted by customers who did not resume full operations after Chinese New Year causing delays in product inspections and deliveries. Biel Crystal also said that although the pandemic had boosted demand for smart devices as so people had to work and study from home, this was partially offset by weakened consumer sentiment and the closure of retail outlets. Biel Crystal’s filing also highlighted that its business could be adversely affected by trade barriers. “The ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China has intensified their tension in international relations,” the company said in its filing. “We cannot predict how the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and China will further evolve, or anticipate the potential impact that any subsequent development in such relationship may have on our business.”

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