CNPC Said to Consider Oilfield Unit Listing Via Daqing Huake

  • Shenzhen-listed company may also be used for equipment unit
  • CNPC used backdoor-listing for engineering, finance businesses

China National Petroleum Corp., the country’s biggest oil and gas producer, may use a small-cap company called Daqing Huake Co. as a vehicle to list its oilfield services unit and avoid an initial public offering, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

CNPC, which owns about 55 percent of Daqing Huake through two subsidiaries, is also considering using the Shenzhen-listed company for its equipment-making unit, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the information isn’t public. There is no timeline for the possible listing, they said. Daqing Huake Board Secretary Meng Fanli and a Beijing-based spokesman at CNPC separately declined to comment.

Daqing Huake rose as much as 8.6 percent, the biggest intraday advance in three months, before paring its gain to close up 5.1 percent at 26.79 yuan. The CSI 300 Index of some of China’s largest companies listed in Shanghai and Shenzhen ended little changed.

CNPC announced so-called backdoor listings earlier this year to inject its engineering unit into Xinjiang Dushanzi Tianli High & New Tech Co. and financial business assets such as Kunlun Trust Co. and Kunlun Financial Leasing Co. into Shandong-based Jinan Diesel Engine Co.

CNPC would be the last among China’s big three state-run oil companies to list its oilfield services unit. China Petrochemical Corp. merged its oilfield services assets into smaller listed unit Sinopec Yizheng Chemical Fibre Co. in 2014. Cnooc Ltd., the country’s biggest offshore producer, took China Oilfield Services Ltd. public in 2002.

IPO Waiting

CNPC Chairman Wang Yilin said in February the company plans to spin off and list its oilfield-services business. The listing dovetails with plans to possibly transform the energy giant into a strategic holding company that won’t manage day-to-day operations of its subsidiaries.

A backdoor listing is a way to take a company public without an IPO by moving assets into an already-listed stock. Waiting times in China for a traditional listing can be more than four years after a company files an application, based on the estimated number of deals per year and the size of the backlog.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission this year has approved 98 IPOs out of 844 applications it processed as of Sept. 1, according to data from the commission.

— With assistance by Fox Hu

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