Suntory Beverage and Food Ltd (2587.T) managed a modest rise in its debut on Wednesday after a $4 billion IPO, as investors shrugged off volatile markets and rich valuations to buy up what may be Japan's last big corporate listing of 2013.
Suntory's offering, Asia's biggest IPO so far this year and aimed at building up a warchest for overseas acquisitions, is part of a surge in Japanese equity issuance as companies cash in on higher valuations from a rallying stock market.
The rally stalled in mid-May and the market has turned volatile but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reflationary policies continue to support less high-profile equity issuance, with advertising firm Dentsu Inc (4324.T) announcing on Wednesday it would tap the market for $1.2 billion in a secondary offering to pay down debt.
"I believe the market can digest more share offerings easily," said Mitsushige Akino, chief fund manager at Ichiyoshi Asset Management. "The market has regained confidence in the long-term upward trend in stock prices."
Suntory Beverage rose to 3,145 yen in its maiden session, up 1.5 percent from the IPO price of 3,100 and defying weak signals from the grey market, where it traded last week at 2,900 yen.
Japan has been stung by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister - whose predecessor resigned over allegations of misspending - admitted that his staff had spent office money at a sex bar. (The Guardian)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)