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Monster IPO:

Japan gets set for monster IPO

Mar 19, 2015 (LBO) - Japan is planning a monster IPO (Initial Public Offering), this year which is expected to surpass China’s last year’s Alibaba listing to become the the biggest offering of stock ever seen, foreign media report said.

“It is easily the hottest topic around the boardrooms and izakayas (after-work drinking halls) across Tokyo.” a Jappanese business website reported.

The highly anticipated initial public offering of Japan Post Holdings, the finance-ministry-held behemoth that combines the national postal service with the country’s biggest savings bank and major insurer.

Its financial arm alone had ¥205 trillion ($1.71 trillion) worth of assets under management as of December, roughly one-third the entire annual GDP of Japan.

The offering has been more than a decade in the making, surviving fierce political controversy since the idea of privatization was first introduced.

“The issue was a sensitive one because not only does Japan Post bring in a massive amount of revenue, but also it’s the nation’s largest employer,” the website said.

Finally, with the government determined to shore up Japan’s debt-bedraggled finances, the stock appears ready to go to market sometime this autumn, with the ministry having set a goal of ¥4 trillion yen, or about $33 billion, for the divestment proceeds.

“It has earmarked the funds for rebuilding parts of northeastern Japan destroyed by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.” Such an amount would dwarf Alibaba’s $25 billion haul — to date the largest in history.

Still, much of the details have yet to surface, and according to the Nikkei Asian Review, the event may come as a trio of listings: Japan Post Holdings, along with separate tickers for its subsidiaries Japan Post Bank and Japan Post Insurance.

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