Workers listen to their line manager, at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express, Chaoyang District, Beijing, November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

Workers listen to their line manager, at a sorting centre of Zhongtong (ZTO) Express, Chaoyang District, Beijing, November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo (Copyright Reuters 2016)

Chinese courier ZTO raises $1.4 billion in U.S. IPO

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Chinese package delivery company ZTO Express raised $1.4 billion in the biggest U.S. initial public offering of the year on Wednesday as early backers cashed in on China's booming online-shopping industry, a source familiar with the deal said.

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ZTO priced 72.1 million shares at $19.50 a share, above its previously indicated range of $16.50 to $18.50 a share.

The stock market debut, the biggest by a Chinese company since the $25 billion IPO of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd in 2014, gave the Shanghai-based company a market value of more than $12 billion.

The source asked not to be named because the pricing is not yet public. ZTO did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Lauren Hirsch; Editing by Bill Rigby)