WH Group: A Failed IPO in Hong Kong
In July 2014, WH Group faced the issue of attempting to launch an initial public offering for the second time, after having previously failed to list its shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. WH Group originated from a merger between two meat-processing companies: China's Shuanghui International-a global leader in animal protein and the world's largest pork producer-and Smithfield Foods from the United States. Both Shuanghui and Smithfield Foods commanded top market shares of pork consumption in their respective countries; Shuanghui controlled 2 per cent in China and Smithfield Foods captured 26 per cent in the United States. With many challenges ahead, WH Group had some decisions to make about the company's future. Should the company try again to launch an initial public offering? Or should the company remain private? Emir Hrnji is affiliated with National University of Singapore.