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Lenovo plans an IPO as soon as 2014

Strikes while the iron is hot
Mon Dec 10 2012, 13:44
Lenovo Ideapad Yoga Laptop screen

CHINESE COMPUTER MAKER Lenovo's parent firm Legend Holdings could float an initial public offering (IPO) as soon as 2014, according to the firm's chairman.

Liu Chuanzhi, chairman of Legend Holdings told China Business News that the firm plans to list on the China A-share market between 2014 and 2016. Chuanzhi also reportedly said the company will invest $3.2bn by 2014 to develop its various businesses.

Legend Holdings is 36 percent owned by the Chinese state controlled Academy of Sciences, with a further 20 percent owned by the private investment firm China Oceanwide Holdings Group.

Legend Holdings also has venture capital and real estate interests outside of Lenovo Group. The firm's system building operations however have gone from strength to strength since it bought IBM's PC business back in 2005, and it is now heavily promoting its Yoga tablet-laptop hybrid device.

Earlier this year Gartner reported that Lenovo had overtaken HP to become the largest PC vendor, something that HP disputed by offering IDC's figures. Regardless of HP's protestations then, Lenovo is set to overtake HP as its PC business continues to grow while HP's has been shrinking for some time.

Legend Holdings might want to cash in on Lenovo's high flying status and a cash injection from an IPO could help the company invest in designing products for the smartphone and tablet markets. µ


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