Japan Post Holdings is expected to list shares in its holding company and bank and insurance units on Nov. 4, several people close to the deal said on Friday, in Japan's biggest sale of state-owned enterprises in nearly three decades.
The government aims to sell at least 1.3 trillion yen ($11 billion) worth of shares, the sources said, in the first tranche of a three-part sale aiming to raise around 4 trillion yen over the coming four to six years to fund reconstruction from Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
The mammoth IPO, a decade in the making, reflects Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to invigorate the nation's big public financial institutions and help lift the world's third-biggest economy out of two decades of deflation and tepid growth.
The proportion of the offering reserved for domestic investors was boosted to 80 percent from the roughly 50-50 split initially envisaged between foreign and domestic sales, a Finance Ministry official said, after Abe pushed for greater participation by domestic investors.
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Spokesmen for Japan Post and the Tokyo Stock Exchange declined to comment. Officials at the Finance Ministry in charge of the sale could not be reached.
The sale also helps the government exploit a doubling in Tokyo stock prices since Abe took office in December 2012 as it seeks revenue and struggles with the industrialized world's biggest public debt burden.
Companies raised $11.4 billion in IPOs in Japan's stock market last year, Thomson Reuters data show, up 17 percent from 2013 and 55 percent more than the average of the previous five years. That slowed to $2.4 billion in the first half of this year but the Japan Post listing, as well as expected IPOs from Osaka-based Universal Studios Japan and messaging app creator Line Corp (IPO-LINE.T) are set to boost the total significantly.
The first round of share sales would be Japan's biggest privatization since the 2.4 trillion yen listing of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. in 1987.
Despite the looming flood of fresh supply, market participants believe the launch will on balance be positive for the market by encouraging more people to buy stocks.
"It's going to attract many new investors," said Hiroyuki Nakai, chief strategist, Tokai Tokyo Research Center.