CALB hopes to reach the top five in the global electric vehicle battery market within a year and become one of the top three in three to five years, its chairwoman said.

CALB goes public in Hong Kong, aims to be among world's top 3 battery makers-CnEVPost

Chinese power battery giant CALB went public today, becoming the first power battery maker to list in Hong Kong.

CALB, whose stock code is "3931," opened at HK$38 per share and closed flat with a market capitalization of HK$63.75 billion.

The company's Hong Kong IPO was priced at HK$38 each share, at the bottom of the HK$38-HK$51 range, raising about HK$10.1 billion.

CALB goes public in Hong Kong, aims to be among world's top 3 battery makers-CnEVPost

(Image credit: CALB)

Changzhou, Jiangsu-based CALB announced the share offering results on October 5, showing that investors subscribed 0.21 times in the public offering.

Fifteen cornerstone investors, including XPeng Motors and Tianqi Lithium, subscribed for a total of about HK$5.8 billion of the company's shares, accounting for 8.43 percent of the post-IPO equity.

The listing in Hong Kong is an important milestone in CALB's development, said the company's chairwoman, Liu Jingyu, in her speech at the IPO ceremony.

CALB goes public in Hong Kong, aims to be among world's top 3 battery makers-CnEVPost

(CALB chairwoman Liu Jingyu. Image credit: CALB)

CALB hopes to reach the top five in the global electric vehicle battery market within a year and become a top three player within three to five years, Liu said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

CALB is currently China's third-largest power battery maker, with a 5.62 percent share of installed capacity in August, behind CATL's 46.79 percent and BYD's 21.91 percent, according to the China Automotive Battery Innovation Alliance.

In the global market, CALB was the seventh-ranked power battery maker with a 4.2 percent share from January to July, according to data released last month by Seoul-based SNE Research.

CALB goes public in Hong Kong, aims to be among world's top 3 battery makers-CnEVPost

Founded on December 8, 2015, CALB currently has six production sites in China with an effective capacity of 35 GWh in 2022 and a projected 90 GWh in 2023.

So far this year, CALB has announced production expansions in regions including Guangdong, Fujian, Sichuan and Hubei.

After all the projects under construction are completed, the company will have as many as 10 production bases for power batteries and energy storage systems, including Changzhou, Luoyang, Xiamen, Chengdu, Wuhan, Hefei, Heilongjiang, Guangzhou, Jiangmen and Meishan.

According to the company's plan, its target power battery production capacity will reach 500 GWh by 2025, with a projected capacity of 1 TWh by 2030.

Notably, CATL sued CALB earlier this year, accusing the latter of infringing on its patents.

Last month, CALB vice president Wang Xiaoqiang said the lawsuit did not have a material impact on the company's IPO.

Liu was quoted in local media today as saying the company believes it can get a good result in the lawsuit.

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