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Investors gearing up for the initial public offering of Ant Financial, the $60 billion online finance arm spun off by e-commerce giant Alibaba, will have to wait till late 2017 as the business puts growth first, sources say.Sources with knowledge of the plans said Ant Financial, whose anchor business is Alipay, China's largest online payments service, is focused on expanding its existing 450 million-strong army of daily users, adding merchants and customers.One of the sources said that, as of last month, Ant had yet to contact Chinese regulators to start the lengthy listing process and join a queue of more than 700 companies waiting to list.The sources, however, said Ant intends to list both in mainland China and Hong Kong.
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