Chinese courier ZTO raises $1.4 billion in U.S. IPO

delivery-personnel-sort-out-parcels-beside-a-zto-express-delivery-vehicle-in-beijingOct 26 (Reuters) – Chinese package delivery company ZTO

Express raised $1.4 billion in the biggest U.S. initial public offering of the year on Wednesday as early backers cashed in on China’s booming online shopping industry, a source familiar with the deal said.

ZTO priced 72.1 million shares at $19.50 a share, above its previously indicated range of $16.50 to $18.50 a share.

The stock market debut, the biggest by a Chinese company since the $25 billion IPO of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd in 2014, gave the Shanghai-based company a market value of more than $12 billion.

The source asked not to be named because the pricing is not yet public. ZTO did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Lauren Hirsch; Editing by Bill Rigby)

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