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Bona Film on Nasdaq

Bona Film on Nasdaq

Write: Tawny [2011-05-20]

Bona Film on Nasdaq

Bona Film Group Ltd, a privately-owned film distributor, debuts on the NASDAQ market Thursday. [sina.com.cn]

Bona Film Group Ltd, a privately-owned film distributor, launched its initial public offering (IPO) on the NASDAQ market Thursday. The company hopes to raise $121.51 million from the IPO.

The Beijing-based company intends to allocate part of the proceeds - estimated at about $83.8 million - to new acquisitions, investments in film distribution rights and expanding in-house production capabilities.

The company will issue 11.74 million American depository shares at $7 to $9 each, according to its prospectus.

Its underwriters including BofA Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan Securities and China International Capital Corporation will have over-allotment options to buy almost 1.8 million additional shares to cover excess demand.

Bona Film reported a net income of $5.5 million in 2009. In the first nine months of this year, it doubled revenue to $35 million compared with the same period last year. But due to changes in the fair value of derivatives, the company had a net loss of $7.3 million.

Bona Film is one of six mainland companies listed in the US capital market this week. On Wednesday, share prices soared for online bookseller Dangdang Inc and online video company Youku.com Inc in their New York Stock Exchange IPO debut.

Youku.com's stock price closed at $33.44, a 161 percent hike from their $12.8 listing price, on their first day of trading on Wall Street - the strongest New York Stock Exchange debut in more than five years.

Dangdang's share price closed at $29.91, a jump of 86.9 percent from its listing price of $16 in its New York float.

"Bona Film's share price on the first trading day is likely to surpass Dangdang," Cai Ling, media industry analyst with CIC Industry Research Center, told the Global Times.

China's stable economic development and growing demand on media products will greatly boost foreign investors' confidence in domestic entertainment companies, Cai said.

China has placed entertainment and media as one of the key industries for development in an effort to change its economic growth model and structure in the future.

One of Bona Film's competitors, Huayi Brothers Media Corp, a privately-owned film maker and now also a film distributor, listed on China's Growth Enterprise Board or ChiNext in November 2009. Its share price hiked 123 percent over its initial offering price of 28.58 yuan ($4.29) on the first trading day on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

With film production taking the lion's share of Chinese box office receipts, Bona Film is keen on moving beyond film distribution.

While film distributors take a mere 2 to 7 percent of box office receipts, film production takes a whopping 40 percent, an analyst with Donghai Securities who preferred to remain anonymous, told the Global Times.