Reverse Listings Losing Regulatory Favor

Bloomberg: China to Mull Curbs on Domestic Backdoor Listing Valuations
The China Securities Regulatory Commission is weighing possible restrictions on reverse mergers, including capping valuation multiples for deals involving companies that previously traded overseas, according to the people. Another option being discussed is introducing a quota to limit the number of reverse mergers each year from companies formerly listed on a foreign bourse, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private.

Chinese regulators are concerned the valuations mooted for some domestic backdoor listings are too high and could affect the stability of the stock market, the people said. The government also wants to avoid encouraging more buyouts that could prompt a wave of fund outflows and increase depreciation pressure on the yuan, the people said.

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