Tencent Music announces biggest ever $1 billion share buyback

March 28, 2021 10:35 PM EDT

FILE PHOTO: The logo of China's Tencent Music Entertainment Group is seen next to an earphone in this illustration picture taken March 22, 2021. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration

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(Reuters) - China's Tencent Music Entertainment Group announced a $1 billion share repurchase plan, its biggest, late on Sunday, days after the U.S. securities regulator adopted stricter measures for foreign companies listed on American stock exchanges.

The Chinese music streaming company may buy back up to $1 billion of its Class A ordinary shares in the form of American depositary shares during a twelve-month period starting March 29, it said in a statement.

Shares in dual-listed Chinese companies including Tencent Music fell sharply last week after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it would kick out foreign firms from U.S. exchanges if they failed to comply with U.S. auditing standards.

The company's shares were further pressured on Friday after a sell off in its stock - and those of several others such as Baidu Inc and ViacomCBS Inc - by Goldman Sachs, according to an email to clients seen by Bloomberg News.

Bloomberg and the Financial Times on Saturday reported that Goldman liquidated more than $10 billion worth of stocks in these companies in block trades.

CNBC reported that the selling pressure was due to liquidation of positions by family office Archegos Capital Management.

U.S.-listed shares of Tencent Music lost more than a third of their value last week.

(Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru and Tom Westbrook in Singapore; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)

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