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Foxconn Unit Planning $4 Billion Investment After China IPO

Feb. 12, 2018
As growth in the global smartphone industry sputters, the iPhone and Fire tablet builder is moving into sectors beyond pure electronics assembly.

Foxconn Industrial Internet Co. is seeking to use proceeds from an initial public offering in China to bankroll 27.3 billion yuan ($4.31 billion) investment in next-generation projects.

A unit of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the Taiwanese manufacturing giant responsible for making Apple iPhones and Amazon Fire tablets, Foxconn Industrial is looking to fund eight new technology projects, the firm said in an application prospectus on the China Securities Regulatory Commission website.

Led by billionaire Terry Gou, Hon Hai is moving into sectors beyond pure electronics assembly as growth in the global smartphone industry sputters. Floating Foxconn Industrial is one part of this strategy with proceeds to be used to support research into next-generation telecommunications and the Internet of Things. The firm is also building a $10 billion display factory in the U.S. that’s won endorsement from President Donald Trump.

Foxconn Industrial had sales of 354.5 billion yuan ($56.01 billion) in 2017, up from 272.7 billion yuan ($43.09 billion) a year earlier, according to the prospectus. Net income climbed to 15.9 billion yuan from 14.4 billion ($2.51 billion).

Industrial internet platforms, data centers, cloud computing, communications Internet and cloud service equipment, 5G and IoT solutions, artificial intelligence manufacturing and intelligent manufacturing capacity expansion are among projects Foxconn Industrial intends to fund, the prospectus said.

Foxconn said it will support the projects with bank loans if share proceeds aren’t sufficient. The prospectus didn’t disclose an issue price or the number of shares to be listed.

By Benjamin Robertson, with assistance from Douglas Huang and Janet Ong.

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