China-based music streaming company Tencent Music Entertainment Group said it raised close to $1.1 billion in its US initial public offering after pricing its shares at the bottom of its targeted range.
The music arm of gaming and social network giant Tencent Holdings priced its American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) at $13 per share.
This was at the low end of its indicated $13 to $15 per share range, it said in a filing with the Hong Kong stock exchange.
The IPO values Tencent Music at $21.3 billion and shows how companies are defying a bout of market volatility with flotations.
Tencent Music sold 41 million ADRs, while existing shareholders sold a further 40.9 million, the filing said.
Tencent Music's IPO tops off a bumper year for US listings by Chinese companies, with $7.9 billion raised before Tencent Music's debut, Refinitiv data showed.
That is the highest amount since 2014, the year of Alibaba Group's record $25 billion IPO.
Tencent Music's US IPO is the fourth largest among Chinese firms this year by deal value.
Video streaming company iQiyi leads with its $2.4 billion listing, followed by online group discounter Pinduoduo at $1.6 billion and electric vehicle maker NIO at $1.15 billion.
Returns for investors have been mixed, with the 31 Chinese IPOs in 2018 down an average of around 11% as of December 10, according to data provider Dealogic.
With streaming apps QQ Music, KuGou, Kuwo as well as karaoke app We Sing, Tencent Music is China's largest online music platform boasting more than 800 million active users monthly.
The firm is often compared with Spotify Technology but offers more socially interactive services that make it profitable while its Swedish counterpart is not.
Tencent Music initially planned to launch the deal in October but postponed because of a sell-off in global markets roiled by a US-China trade war and fears of slowing global growth.
Tencent Music reported a 244% profit jump for January-September to $394m. By comparison, Spotify lost a net $520m.
Tencent Music will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange today under the symbol "TME".