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Beer Diplomacy: Another Investment Follows a Visit by Xi Jinping – China Real Time Report – WSJ

After pulling a pint for Chinese President Xi Jinping last year, an iconic English pub has now pulled in Chinese investors.

The Plough at Cadsden was purchased by a London-based investment company that the broker, Christie & Co., described as a Chinese company. Terms weren’t disclosed.

The purchase, by SinoFortone Investment, came after Mr. Xi shared a beer with former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron at the pub.

Unknown is how his visit may have led to the purchase. But it is the latest deal to follow the Chinese leader’s movements.

On the same day Mr. Xi visited the pub, he also joined Mr. Cameron on a visit to the Manchester City soccer club, in the north of England. The following month a Chinese consortium said it had invested $400 million for a minority stake in the successful soccer club.

Closer to home, Mr. Xi’s patronage of the state-owned Qing Feng Steamed Dumpling Shop in Beijing was followed by an announcement that the restaurant chain plans an IPO. The Plough, which describes itself as “probably the most famous pub in England,” is near Chequers, the country house retreat for British prime ministers. The pub “has become quite a tourist attraction for Chinese visitors” since Mr. Xi’s appearance, Christie & Co said.

SinoFortone Investment extolled the virtues of beer diplomacy, calling pubs “the best way culturally to link people from different countries and build friendships.” The company added that “The English pub concept is growing very fast in China.” SinoFortone has also invested £100 million ($1.28 million) in London Paramount Entertainment, a large theme park proposed for construction on the Swanscombe Peninsula in North Kent. The deal was announced while Xi Jinping was in the U.K.

Source: Beer Diplomacy: Another Investment Follows a Visit by Xi Jinping – China Real Time Report – WSJ


ChemChina, Camfin to launch tender offer for rest of Pirelli | Reuters

An investment vehicle controlled by China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) said it will launch a mandatory tender offer for remaining shares in Pirelli (PECI.MI) after on Tuesday taking control of the Italian tyremaker through a deal struck in March.

A Pirelli's tyre is pictured at the headquater in Milan, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

ChemChina in March agreed to become the majority owner of the world’s fifth-largest tyre manufacturer as part of a 7.3 billion euro ($8 billion) deal.

On Tuesday, Marco Polo Industrial Holding, a company created to facilitate the Chinese takeover, concluded its acquisition of a stake in Pirelli from Italian holding company Camfin, triggering the mandatory takeover bid.

A Camfin spokeswoman said the tender offer was expected to be launched in September.

State-owned ChemChina holds a 65 percent stake in Marco Polo, with the remainder in the hands of Camfin investors, who include Pirelli boss Marco Tronchetti Provera, Italian banks UniCredit (CRDI.MI) and Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI), and Russia’s Rosneft (ROSN.MM).

The tender offer will be launched at 15 euros per share with the goal to acquire all of Pirelli’s share capital and de-list the tyremaker from Milan’s stock exchange. Marco Polo also decided to launch a voluntary tender offer on Pirelli’s savings shares.

In a separate statement, Tronchetti Provera, who will remain Pirelli’s chief executive, said Camfin would invest more than 1 billion euros in the tender offer and will keep a central role in the tyremaker’s future shareholder structure, along with ChemChina.

He reiterated the Chinese investment would boost the company’s international growth, particularly in the industrial tyre sector.

“In this segment, the integration with ChemChina will allow immediate growth in volumes and market share that Pirelli alone would have taken years to achieve,” he said.

via ChemChina, Camfin to launch tender offer for rest of Pirelli | Reuters.


China’s Bohai bids $2.6 billion for aircraft leasing firm Avolon | Reuters

China’s Bohai Leasing Co Ltd 000415.SZ has offered to buy Irish rival Avolon (AVOL.N) for $2.55 billion, a 55 percent premium over its December initial public offering, the Irish firm said on Friday.

Traders gather for the IPO of Avolon Holdings Ltd. on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Avolon said it was considering Bohai’s $31 per share offer and a rival $30 per share bid from an unidentified bidder and was in contact with both parties.

Shares in U.S.-listed Avolon opened up 20 percent on Friday at $29.8, before falling back to $28, compared to a price of $20 when it listed in December.

Bohai, a unit of aviation and shipping conglomerate HNA Group, earlier this month offered to buy 20 percent of Avolon for $429 million at $26 per share, an offer that is now being put to shareholders.

But it offered to buy the whole company when it was informed of the third party bid.

“Avolon’s Board of Directors has not accepted or rejected either offer and continues to carefully evaluate these … and has authorized its financial advisors to continue negotiations with both,” Avolon said in a statement.

The purchase would boost HNA’s access to a global aircraft leasing market dominated by GE Capital and AerCap Holdings NV (AER.N).

Chinese lessors, mostly backed by state-owned banks, have been expanding in recent years as large carriers such as Hainan Airlines Co Ltd (600221.SS), Air China Ltd (0753.HK), China Eastern Airlines Corp Ltd (0670.HK) and China Southern Airlines Co Ltd (1055.HK) opened more routes at home and overseas.

Ahead of Avolon’s IPO, China Investment Corp (CIC) and AVIC Capital Co Ltd (600705.SS) were in talks to acquire Avolon.

Avolon, which was founded by leasing entrepreneurs Domhnal Slattery and John Higgins in 2010, owns or managed 152 aircraft at the end of June and had over 100 more on order.

via China’s Bohai bids $2.6 billion for aircraft leasing firm Avolon | Reuters.


China Life, Ping An take majority stake in $500 million Boston property project | Reuters

China’s two biggest insurers are funding the majority of a $500 million commercial real estate project in the United States, a person with knowledge of the deal said, in the latest offshore property investment by China’s cash-rich financial institutions.

China Life Insurance Co Ltd (601628.SS)(2628.HK) and Ping An Insurance Group Co of China Ltd (601318.SS)(2318.HK) have partnered New York developer Tishman Speyer Properties LP in a deal that will see each party invest about $167 million in the first phase redevelopment of Boston‘s Pier 4, the person said.

Tishman Speyer declined to provide immediate comment, while China Life declined to comment and Ping An could not be reached. The Wall Street Journal reported the tie-up early on Wednesday.

Chinese insurers have been on a shopping spree over the past three years since a ban on foreign property investment was lifted. They are permitted to invest abroad up to 15 percent of their roughly 10.5 trillion yuan ($1.69 trillion) in assets.

China Life and Ping An have invested in property in London, and Boston would be their first project in the United States.

via China Life, Ping An take majority stake in $500 million Boston property project | Reuters.


ChemChina close to Pirelli deal that would trigger buyout offer | Reuters

China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) is close to becoming the biggest single shareholder in Pirelli (PECI.MI) in a deal that would trigger a 7 billion euro ($7.5 billion) buyout of the Italian tire company.

The Pirelli logo is pictured at their headquarters in Milan March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Three sources familiar with the deal, which would be the latest in a string of Chinese investments in large Italian companies, said ChemChina was discussing a deal with Pirelli’s top shareholders to buy a holding company called Camfin, which owns 26 percent of Pirelli and is 50 percent owned by Russia’s Rosneft (ROSN.MM).

Without identifying the possible buyer, Camfin said it was in talks with an international industrial group to sell its Pirelli stake at 15 euros per share, valuing the tire group at 7.1 billion euros.

It said the stake would be transferred to a vehicle controlled by the new partner, after which a takeover offer for the rest the world’s fifth-largest tire maker would ensue.

If the offer succeeds, Pirelli will be delisted. The deal comes as Pirelli’s rivals Michelin (MICP.PA) and Continental (CONG.DE) look around for growth opportunities in Asia.

State-controlled ChemChina and Rosneft declined to comment.

Previous Chinese investments in Italy include State Grid Corp of China [STGRD.UL] buying into electricity grid company Terna (TRN.MI) and gas network operator Snam (SRG.MI).

Besides Rosneft, Camfin’s owners are a holding company comprising Pirelli chief Marco Tronchetti Provera as well as Italian banks Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI) and UniCredit (CRDI.MI).

via ChemChina close to Pirelli deal that would trigger buyout offer | Reuters.


China’s Fosun buys 5 percent stake in British travel group Thomas Cook | Reuters

China’s Fosun International (0656.HK) has bought a 5 percent stake in Thomas Cook Group (TCG.L), deepening its foray into Europe’s tourism sector and potentially helping the British company to compete with travel leviathan TUI Group (TUIT.L)

Fosun paid 92 million pounds ($140 million) for the Thomas Cook stake and will seek to double its holding in the world’s oldest travel group to 10 percent, it said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange on Friday.

News of the investment, which the companies said came after two years of talks, sent Thomas Cook shares soaring by as much as 22 percent in morning trade. At 6.20 a.m. ET the shares were up 18.8 percent at 143 pence.

Thomas Cook said that it expects the tie-up to enhance earnings in the financial year to Sept. 30, 2016, assuming plans under the partnership are implemented in 2015.

One of the plans is to explore collaboration opportunities with Club Mediterranee (CMIP.PA), the French holiday company Fosun bought last month, where it is seeking to turn around a business that is struggling in Europe and move more aggressively into fast-growing markets such as China.

via China’s Fosun buys 5 percent stake in British travel group Thomas Cook | Reuters.


Chinese insurer Anbang extends M&A drive with $1 billion South Korea buy | Reuters

China’s Anbang Insurance Group is paying $1 billion to buy a controlling stake in South Korea’s Tong Yang Life Insurance, extending a global acquisitions drive that has already seen it spend $10 billion in under four months.

Anbang agreed to buy a combined 63 percent stake in South Korea’s eighth-largest life insurer from three separate shareholders for 1.13 trillion won ($998 million), or 16,700 won per share, Tong Yang said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.

This follows once-obscure Anbang’s deal announced just a day earlier to buy an insurance arm of Dutch bank and insurer SNS Reaal for at least 1.4 billion euros ($1.6 billion).

The privately-held insurer and asset manager, which according to a media report is considering an initial public offering this year, recently sealed a $1.95 billion purchase of New York’s landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel. It also bought the Belgian banking operations of Dutch insurer Delta Lloyd NV, for 219 million euros.

The flurry of deals shows Anbang’s global ambitions and comes as China’s financial firms are increasingly targeting assets outside of home for growth.

via Chinese insurer Anbang extends M&A drive with $1 billion South Korea buy | Reuters.


Dalian Wanda to buy Swiss sports firm for $1.2 billion amid entertainment push | Reuters

China’s Dalian Wanda Group Co signed a 1.05 billion euros ($1.2 billion/ £787 million) deal to buy Swiss sports marketing firm Infront Sports & Media AG, and said it plans to acquire more overseas companies this year to deepen its push into sports and entertainment.

A man walks in front of an entrance to a Wanda Department Store in Wuhan, Hubei province, in this December 23, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

The acquisition will see Wanda Group, China’s largest property developer which also controls the country’s largest cinema chain, take a 68.2 percent stake in Infront, which focuses on distributing media rights for broadcasting sports events including the football World Cup and several Olympic winter sports.

Three unidentified Chinese and global investors will take the remaining minority stake, Wanda executives told Reuters. Infront generated about 800 million euros in revenue last year.

“This purchase allows Wanda to become a global leader in the sports industry in a single bound,” Dalian Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin told reporters after a deal signing ceremony in Beijing.

“In addition to Infront, Wanda will buy at least two cultural companies this year,” he added, without giving details.

via Dalian Wanda to buy Swiss sports firm for $1.2 billion amid entertainment push | Reuters.


China’s Bluestar to buy REC Solar for $640 million | Reuters

China National Bluestar has agreed to buy solar panel maker REC Solar (RECSOL.OL) for 4.34 billion Norwegian crowns ($640 million), planning to combine it with another Norwegian asset it picked up in 2011.

Bluestar said on Monday it would pay a 15.9 percent premium to the stock’s last close in a deal unanimously recommended by REC Solar’s board of directors and would combine it with its solar grade silicon maker Elkem.

The deal comes nearly a year and a half after REC (REC.OL) spun off its solar panel arm, moving its headquarters to Singapore from Norway and effectively putting the company up for sale.

via China’s Bluestar to buy REC Solar for $640 million | Reuters.


Asset-Hungry Chinese Companies to Spend $120 Billion in Overseas Purchases This Year – Businessweek

Chinese money has been going overseas for years now, snapping up real estate, technology companies, and more than anything, oil and gas resources. But this year will be a turning point: For the first time, Chinese overseas investment will surpass foreign direct investment into China.

Chinese investment is poised to exceed $120 billion in 2014, up from $108 billion last year, predicts the Beijing-based Center for China & Globalization in a report released Wednesday. Foreign investment into China totaled $87.36 billion in the first nine months. It is expected to reach $120 billion this year.

“China’s sustainable growth and its ability to compete on the world stage hinge upon the speed at which it can foster its own powerful international companies,” said Long Yongtu, the chairman of the center, the China Daily reported today. “’Going out’ will provide a platform for Chinese companies to grow through participation in the global economy.”

via Asset-Hungry Chinese Companies to Spend $120 Billion in Overseas Purchases This Year – Businessweek.

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