On 14 January 2021, the US Department of Defense announced a Tranche 5 of Qualifying Entities Prepared in Response to Section 1237 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 (PUBLIC LAW 105-261).
It has had the obligation to do so for 20+ years but the impetus to do so did not gain serious traction until the National Security Review by the Trump White House in 2017.
The insight series on the entire Trump Executive Order 13959 on Chinese Military Companies is listed below.
OFAC extends the deadline for “names closely match” which means MSCI and FTSE cancel their deletions of multiple securities, and postpone treatment.
January saw a variety of treatments of the names discussed on 15 January – S&P Dow Jones announced a list of securities to be deleted with deletion date to be named later, FTSE immediately noted it and announced it would decide “in due course”, and MSCI noted it a bit later (27 Jan) and said it would “issue further communication detailing its treatment… following further review.”
FTSE and February was pretty sparse on news related to this event except for the fierce rebound in some of the names unaffected in late January and a lone announcement from MSCI on 23 February to say they expected to announce the treatment of Tranche 5 names on/by 10 March and if so decided, with deletion effective 15 March 2021.
Now we are getting down to the wire for the 60-day deadline on Tranche 5 names, and despite the fact that OFAC said it would put names on the list, it hasn’t touched its actual list since 8 January – a week before the Tranche 5 list.
The NEW NEWS on Xiaomi (1810 HK)
Friday’s news was that before the open, S&P Dow Jones apparently announced that they would delete Xiaomi Corp (1810 HK), Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment-A (688012 CH), and Luokung Technologies (LKCO US) from its indices. The January announcement also included potential deletions from its fixed income indices of the bonds of China National Aviation Holding Corp Ltd, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd, and Xiaomi.
After the close, FTSE announced that it would delete Xiaomi Corp (1810 HK) from its FTSE China and FTSE Global All Cap indices as of the open on 12 March (i.e. index event on 11 March at the close) pending any clarification by OFAC by 10 March, and also announced that Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment-A (688012 CH) (“AMEC”) would NOT enter its FTSE GEIS and Global All Cap indices, among others, at the March rebalance, that Luokung Technologies (LKCO US) would be deleted (and that Xiaomi would be deleted from other all indices) with confirmation to be made by 10 March.
MSCI has previously promised an announcement by 10 March.
This is not unexpected, but it begs analysis, so there is more below the fold.
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Tuya Inc (1869782D US) provides a backend service for IoT (internet of things) device makers. Tuya offers its customers a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for IoT devices that handles the connectivity, device software and application development. Tuya is pre-marketing an NYSE IPO to raise proceeds of $1 billion, according to press reports.
In Tuya IPO Initiation: Connected Future, we opined that Tuya’s PaaS solutions are well-positioned to benefit from the rising need for third-party IoT PaaS providers who can provide the required tools. We concluded that Tuya’s fundamentals are attractive. In this note, we present our forecasts and take the first look at Tuya’s valuation.