Although the actual launch date is not announced yet, Li Xiaojia, CEO of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX), said it is preferred to launch SZ-HK Stock Connect on one of the Monday at the end of November.
On October 13, 2016, HKEX and Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) held an investor roadshow in Hong Kong, signaling the start of the international investor roadshows for SZ-HK Stock Connect. Li Xiaojia,, CEO of HKEX, announced along with Wang Hong, Vice Executive President of SZSE, that HKEX and SZSE will conduct a three week system test for the trading link between October 17, 2016 and November 9, 2016, and is set to finish in mid-November.
Why investors monitor closely Shenzhen Hong Kong Connect
Brief Overview of SZ-HK Stock ConnectThe daily quotas of Hong Kong Stock Connect and Shenzhen Stock Connect are CNY10.5Bn and CNY13Bn respectively. SZ-HK Stock Connect has no aggregate quota in its initial launch. SZ-HK Connect covers about 880 stocks, which include the constituent stocks of SZSE Component Index and SZSE Small-Midcap Innovation Index with market capitalization of more than CNY6Bn, and stocks listed on SZSE which the companies have issued both A and H shares.
Hong Kong Stock Connect covers constituent stocks of Hang Seng Composite LargeCap Index and Hang Seng Composite MidCap Index, constituent stocks with market capitalization of more than HKD5Bn of Hang Seng Composite SmallCap Index, and stocks listed on HKEX which the companies have issued both A and H shares.
Impact to Hong Kong StocksHong Kong stocks is relatively undervalued in comparison with Shenzhen stocks, as evident by Shenzhen A shares have an average historical P/E ratio of 40x while Hong Kong stocks have an average historical P/E ratio of 11x. Chinese investors are expected to use the southbound channel to invest in Hong Kong stocks. However, we expect that only the MidCap and SmallCap stocks in Hong Kong will benefit from the SZ-HK Stock Connect, and the effect on major indices will be limited since they have been included in the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect already.
For the first time, the stock connect expands to constituent stocks with HKD5Bn market capitalization of Hang Seng Composite SmallCap Index, whose valuation ratio implies the stocks are relatively undervalued in comparison with those listed on SZSE. Funds are expected to flow into the MidCap and SmallCap stocks in Hong Kong, and these stocks are expected to benefit from the stock connect programme. However, the primary participants of A Shares market are retail investors, who are highly sensitive to market rumours. Therefore, we expect the SmallCap and MidCap stocks in Hong Kong to be more volatile in the future.
Source: PSPL (HK), HKSE, SZSE, SFC (HK)
The following stocks are part of the constituent stocks of Hang Seng Composite SmallCap Index. The final eligible stocks for SZ-HK Stock Connect will be announced by HKEX.
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