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SK shieldus scraps IPO plans on poor market sentiment

It 09:45 May 06, 2022

SEOUL, May 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korean cybersecurity service provider SK shieldus Co. withdrew its plans for an initial public offering (IPO) Friday, citing lackluster investor confidence.

SK shieldus, the cybersecurity arm of South Korean telecom giant SK Telecom Co., said it would submit a delisting notice to local financial authorities later in the day, a month after reporting an IPO plan in late March.

The decision came as the company received lackluster response from domestic and foreign institutional investors during a two-day demand forecasting session Tuesday through Wednesday amid growing uncertainty over the global economy.

"SK shieldus decided to shelve its listing, as demand forecasting for the final IPO price showed its corporate value may not be assessed in a proper way," the company said in a statement.

After factoring in market conditions down the road, SK shieldus will again push for an IPO at an appropriate time when the company is capable of receiving proper assessment from investors, it added.

SK shieldus had sought to raise up to 3.55 trillion won (US$2.79 billion) through the IPO originally slated for May 19, in what could have been the biggest ever market debut by a local security service provider.

SK shieldus, which changed its name from ADT Caps Co. last October, currently provides security services across four main categories -- cybersecurity, convergence security, physical security, and safety and care.

Last year, the company chalked off 1.55 trillion won in sales, trailing its rival S-1 Corp. under South Korea's top conglomerate Samsung Group, whose top line came to 2.31 trillion won.

Park Jin-hyo, chief of SK shieldus Co., a security arm of South Korean telecom giant SK Telecom Co., speaks during an online press conference on April 26, 2022, in this file photo provided by Seoul IR. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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