Chinese textile tycoon cashes in on Shanghai IPO

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A revival in China’s polyester industry has produced a new billionaire. Zhuang Kuilong, chairman of textile maker and distributor Xinfengming Group Co., saw his wealth surge almost 60 percent after its shares began trading Tuesday in Shanghai.
The increase gave Zhuang, who owns 45 percent of the Tongxiang-based business, a net worth of at least $1.7 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He owns the shares along with his wife and son, according to the company’s initial public offering prospectus.
Founded in 2000, Xinfengming is China’s second-largest polyester filament manufacturer by capacity, and sells its products across southeast China and in 12 countries globally, according to its website. The company had revenue of 17.5 billion yuan ($2.5 billion) in 2016, according to the prospectus. Xinfengming representatives didn’t respond to multiple phone calls and requests for comment sent by email. Xinfengming’s shares jumped by the daily limit for the second session since their debut on Tuesday. The stock is up more than 58 percent at 42.26 yuan as of Wednesday.
Many Chinese polyester manufacturers are recovering from a recent period of overcapacity, Li Xuan, an analyst at China International Capital Corp. (CICC), said in a Tuesday telephone interview. Li said global demand for polyester fiber is expected to grow faster than the capacity of Chinese manufacturers, which is driving enthusiasm for the shares. Most of the demand for polyester fiber comes from the production of apparel, garments and home furnishing by manufacturers based in China, India and Southeast Asia, according to a November 2016 report from IHS Markit.

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