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A Glance at Jack Ma's Ant Group's IPO Prospectus: a Giant Is Indeed a Giant 
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Ant Group has filed the papers for IPO of the 'A+H' dual-listing. The business details, financial results and future plans are first released to the public in the prospectus. 

The total equity after issuance will be over 30 billion shares with outstanding shares accounting over 10%. The capital raised will be used in funding technology innovation, promoting the digital economy, and strengthening global cooperation. 

Financial highlights

The revenue of Ant Group was recorded at CNY 73.53 billion in the first half of 2020 and CNY 120.62 billion in 2019, significantly increased from the figure in 2017 of CNY 65.40 billion. The net income also surged from CNY 8.21 billion to CNY 18.07 billion in 2019. The profit during the first six months of 2020 even surpassed the entire year of 2019, posted CNY 21.92 billion.

The digital fintech contributed most to the income of the company, and its importance is continuing to increase. The sector recorded the revenue of CNY 67.68 billion in 2019, which is a 133.79% run-up compared to the figure of CNY 28.99 billion in 2017, the percentage contribution also jumped up from 44.33% in 2017 to 63.39% in 1H2020. 

In the first half of 2020, three sectors, the digital fintech, the payment and merchants services, and other innovative businesses accounted for 35.86%, 63.39%, and 0.75% of the total revenue, respectively.

Operation highlights

At the end of June 30 of 2020, Ant Group has 729 million users on the digital fintech platform and 500 million users in total on credit lending services, which includes Ant CreditPay (Chinese: 花呗) and Ant Cash Now (Chinese: 借呗). The asset under management (AUM) reached CNY 4.1 trillion on the wealth management platform, and the annual premium on the insurance platform recorded CNY 51.8 billion. 

Alipay, the star product of Ant Group, made a respectable showing. The monthly active user (MAU) surged by 42.48% from 499 million in 2017 to 711 million in 1H 2020. The figure of annually active users and monthly active merchants reached over 1 billion and 80 million, respectively. In the most recent 12 months that ended June 30 of 2020, the transactions of digital payment on Alipay posted over CNY 118 trillion. 

Who owns the shares? 

According to the prospectus, employees currently hold over 50% of Ant Group. After the issuance, the total shares of whom will be no less than 40%. Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, will own no more than 8.8% of the stake. What is more, he stated that 610 million shares, which account for 2% of the total equity, will be donated for charitable purposes. 

We are expecting to see how Ant fires up the markets in Shanghai and Hong Kong.


Check out our previous articles about Ant Group:

Why China’s Fintech Is More Than Just Fintech

How Alibaba’s Ant Group Goes Beyond Fintech

Editor: Luke Sheehan

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