Chinese cryptocurrency exchange Huobi has actually apparently gotten the managing stock interest in Hong Kong-based Pantronics Holdings Ltd. through a backdoor listing offer, the local news outlet reported Aug 28. A backdoor listing, which is also called a reverse takeover or Initial Going public (IPO), permits an independently held company to acquire an openly traded company avoiding the public offering process, regulatory concerns, and due diligence. Upon completion of the deal, the buyer gains automatic inclusion on a stock exchange.
Crypto Exchange Controller
Huobi obviously acquired 74% of Pantronics Holdings Ltd., makings the crypto exchange the real controller of the power-related electrical and electronic items producer. Pantronics stopped trading its shares on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) due to a “possible deal to be made under Rule 27 of the Hong Kong Codes on Takeovers and Mergers.”
When asked whether the exchange means to conduct a backdoor listing, Huobi CEO Li Lin reportedly said that “it is simply a report.” Li stated the exchange service is presently not totally compliant on a global scale, so a backdoor listing would be really difficult to run. Li added that he believes the “standard financial market will accept the blockchain economy in the future.”
Report of Caixin Media
Caixin media reported that the HKEx was preparing a revision of guidelines to take stern measures towards backdoor listings within its efforts to clean up the market and enhance the quality of listed companies. While the proposed steps are apparently not aimed at obstructing backdoor listings, they mean to ensure that companies do not skirt guidelines and undermine investor confidence.
HKEx Chief Regulatory Officer’s Remarks
HKEx’s chief regulatory officer and head of listing commented:
“We essentially allow a backdoor listing. But what [we want] to guarantee is that when this takes place, the quality of the possessions and the ultimate combined company to be listed on our exchange have been through a suitable due diligence and vetting process.”
Houbi Token is presently trading at $2.50 according to Coinmarketcap, having actually gained practically 9 percent over 1-day period, while some media attribute the token’s rate surge to the current acquisition. Pantronics Holdings Ltd.’s market capitalization is currently over HKD 927 million ($119 million).