Tencent Music (NYSE: TME), the Tencent (OTC: TCEHY) subsidiary that dominates China's music streaming industry, has failed to meet its goal of raising $1.2 billion. The company offered shares at $13 - the bottom of their $13 to $15 range - and managed to raise $1.1 billion. The $1.2 billion goal was already significantly revised downwards from the goal of $4 billion they'd hoped to raise earlier this year.
Tencent Music has chosen to go public at a challenging time for tech stocks. The company began the filing process in October of 2018, but delayed due to market volatility over trade war anxieties, concerns over tech stock overvaluation, and interest rate worries. Tech IPOs also typically don't debut in December.
Despite the unsettled state of the global economy, Tencent decided to proceed with the IPO as they fear relations between China and the US will only worsen in the future. Tencent promised that so long as the G20 summit did not prove disastrous, they would proceed with the IPO on December 12. As US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached a 90-day truce, Tencent fulfilled their promise. An anonymous source explained Tencent Music's rationale: "It's not worth waiting any longer for a potentially higher valuation if they have to deal with so many uncertainties."
Had Tencent Music stuck to their $4 billion goal, they would have...