The long-haul low-cost carrier, which made its Bursa Malaysia debut on Wednesday, inched one sen higher from its initial public offering price (IPO) of RM1.25.
The one-sen premium saved the carrier from becoming the worst debutant IPO on the local stock exchange over the past 12 months.
The bottom position still rests with Malaysia's second special-purpose acquisition company CLIQ Energy Bhd which closed below its IPO price of 62.5 sen in April this year.
Prior to the share sale, AirAsia X had hired MIBB, a unit of the country's top bank Malayan Banking Bhd, to act as market stabiliser.
As stabilising manager, MIBB can buy as much as 118.5 million shares in AirAsia X within 30 days of trading, the aviation company had disclosed in its prospectus.
On Wednesday, MIBB bought 19.5 million AirAsia X shares at an average price of RM1.25 a share. Trading was tight, with the stock price moving between RM1.25 and RM1.28.
Traders had warned that there were waves of sellers, thereby curbing the share price rise, which they said were due to retail investors holding a large number of shares.
Pre-IPO shareholders, whose ownership cost was below RM1.25 a share, also locked in some profits, fearing the broader retail market sell-off.
AirAsia X raised RM987.7 million from the IPO, of which nearly RM240 million went into the pockets of some its key shareholders, including its founder Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.
Aero Ventures, controlled by the tycoon and his associates, saw its shareholding in the new public-listed company drop to 34.4 per cent from 52.2 per cent, as it sold some shares to investors at the pre-IPO level.
Trading on the counter yesterday was almost the same as on debut day, as dealers suspected that MIBB was continuing its mop-up operation.
AirAsia X closed two sen higher at RM1.27, giving the freshly-minted IPO stock a market capitalisation of just above RM3 billion. - Business Times report on 12/07/2013
SIX DAYS later we have Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and AirAsia X in the news again.
So, Maybank has 'pumped in' a total of RM28.45m to pump up AirAsia X. Why is this so?
Is this how BIG businesses are carried out nowadays?
The earlier BT reports said " AirAsia X raised RM987.7 million from the IPO, of which nearly RM240 million went into the pockets of some its key shareholders, including its founder Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.
Who is pocketing what and why is MayBank involved in this deal, it appears dubious to me, in the first place.
It may just be a coincidence but the current CEO of Maybank Investment Bank Berhad is Tengku Zafrul Aziz. Do you know that he used to be (not sure if he still is) the great Tony Fernandes' business partner?
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What they did to MAS and the soothing tunes they were singing, even to the Prime Minister, before the MAS-AirAsia share SUAP went bust is a fine yet glaring example of what some morons who come wrapped in designer suits are capable of.
Excuse me, are we taking Maybank for a ride now?
Why is there a need for Maybank to pump in million of ringgit to pump up AirAsia X when the BT report said (6days ago) that the key shareholder have already filled their pockets from the listing.
I thought The Star's B.K.Sidhu had predicted that AirAsia X IPO would be oversubscribed by 3 or 4 times. Apa sudah jadi?
Is this not market manipulation or attempts to hoodwink investors into believing blatant fabrication and lies?