China outbound M&A activities recent 5 major deals – investment – New

China outbound M&A activities recent 5 major dealsAug. 7 – China outbound merger and acquisition (M&A) engagements move toward a restriction in the second quarter 2019, in 1H19 there were 114 deals, value USD 20.4bn outbound dealmaking, by far the lowest value since 2011, according to merger market China outbound M&A activities, Chinese investments recent 5 major deals:

Chinese dairy giant Yili acquisitions New Zealand’s Westland

China’s Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Company Limited announced Thursday the completion of the transaction of the acquisition of Westland Co-operative Dairy Company Limited, New Zealand’s second-largest dairy co-operative. Yili Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary Hong Kong Jin Gang Trade Holding Limited and Westland announced the news at an equity transfer ceremony held at Auckland Museum. The event marked the official completion of Yili’s acquisition of Westland….Founded in 1956, Yili Group has developed over the past 60 years to become the largest dairy enterprise in China by market share and in 2018, Yili continued its lead setting a new industry record with revenue of nearly 80 billion Chinese yuan in 2018 (about $11.2 billion), up 10.32 percent from 2017. Yili Group also provides the broadest range of products available in the Chinese market, with more than 100 million Yili products and over 37 billion packs of liquid milk, yoghurt, cold drinks and milk powder enjoyed by consumers every day. Yili has frequently taken the initiative to deepen global industrial cooperation in recent years, and has built a supportive, comprehensive resource, innovation and market system in regions where the dairy industry is highly-developed such as Asia, Europe, America, and Oceania. (Date: 02 Aug 2019)

NetEase acquires stake in Canadian game developer

NetEase Games, the online games division of NetEase Inc, announced on Tuesday that it has acquired a strategic minority stake in Behaviour Interactive Inc, Canada’s largest independent video game developer. Following this investment, Montreal-based Behaviour will continue to operate independently under the leadership of its president and executive producer, Remi Racine. NetEase Games will nominate a director to Behaviour’s Board….”NetEase’s investment validates the reputation for excellence and efficiency we have built in the online games sector over the last 27 years,” said Racine. “As an industry leader in online games,…Privately held Behaviour develops games that turn players’ imagination into reality. The company is the creator of the first globally successful asymmetric multi-player horror game, Dead by Daylight, and the developer of over 250 titles, which have been delighting players on all major platforms since 1992. Looking to boost revenue and add more foreign content to its roster, NetEase has partnered with multiple international companies from The Pokemon Company and Marvel to release new games. (Date:17 Jul 2019)

Huawei announces $3.1b investment plan in Italy

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies will invest $3.1 billion over the next three years in Italy, local media reported on Monday. Addressing the press on the sidelines of an exhibition in Milan, Huawei’s Italian unit chief executive Thomas Miao said the investment plan would allow 1,000 new direct jobs in the period 2019-2021, according to Ansa news agency. More specifically, the plan would consist of some $1.2 billion invested in operations and marketing, and $1.9 billion in direct supplies, while $52 million would be added for research and development activities,…Operating in the country since 2004, Huawei now employs some 850 people in Italy, and has inaugurated its new headquarters in Milan earlier this year. In its 15-year activity, it has opened four innovations centers in cooperation with Italian ICT operators and a Joint Innovation Center for Smart & Safe City in cooperation with the regional government of Sardinia and its Center for Advanced Studies, Research, and Development (CRS4). Huawei is the largest of five global companies currently selling 5G equipment and systems, the others being Chinese ZTE, Finnish Nokia, Swedish Ericsson, and South Korean’s Samsung. (Date: 18 Jul 2019)

Export bank, Italy’s UniCredit sign pact to boost cooperation

Italian commercial bank UniCredit signed a memorandum of understanding with the Export-Import Bank of China on Wednesday in the hope of strengthening cooperation between Chinese, Italian and Central Eastern Europe (CEE) companies. The MOU, which was signed in Milan, will support trade between China and UniCredit’s core markets in the areas of mechanical and electronic products, high and cutting-edge technology products, energy and raw materials. With this MOU, energy and infrastructure projects will also be developed in China, Italy and CEE. It will also facilitate cooperation regarding finance, global transaction banking, debt capital markets, global markets and financial advisory….The Export-Import Bank of China is a State-funded and State-owned policy bank with the status of an independent legal entity. It is under the direct leadership of the State Council and dedicated to supporting China’s foreign trade, investment and international economic cooperation. (Date: 16 Jul 2019)

Chinese company buys UK school network

Guangdong-based education company Bright Scholar has purchased United Kingdom-headquartered international school network CATS Colleges for 150 million pounds ($187.6 million), in the latest of a string of UK education acquisitions by Chinese buyers. Bright Scholar, a major operator of international and bilingual K-12 schools in China, called the deal a significant acceleration in the expansion of its overseas portfolio. Bright Scholar has already bought three other UK schools over the last year….Chinese company JiaYi Education purchased Devon-based nursery group Bambinos in 2018, and announced plans to open British-style preschools in China and acquire further childcare centers in the UK. In 2017, Chinese investors Largreen Education partnered with UK company British Early Education to open an international kindergarten in Yixing, Jiangsu province. Beyond acquisitions, China has stepped up exchange agreements with British schools to boost bilingual learning. The Shenzhen Education Bureau recently selected East Anglian state-funded academy Reepham High School and College as a partner for an educational exchange. (Date:12 Jul 2019)

Carrefour selling 80% equity interest to

French retailing giant Carrefour Group announced on Sunday it had agreed to sell 80 percent equity interest in Carrefour China to the leading Chinese retailer for 4.8 billion yuan ($698.8 million) in cash. The transaction, which will be paid in cash, values Carrefour China at an enterprise value of $1.59 billion. The transaction values 100 percent of Carrefour China at an equity value of 6 billion yuan ($873.5 million) . The purchase price for the acquisition of 80 percent of Carrefour China shares is 4.8 billion yuan….The move is the second-largest deal since Suning acquired Wanda Department store early this year. For Carrefour, which had previously withdrawn from a number of Asia countries, Yu said, the deal is part of its efforts to focus on its stronghold in Europe. operates a network of over 8,881 stores in more than 700 cities and runs the country’s 3rd largest business-to-consumer e-commerce platform. Closing the transaction is subject to approval by Chinese competition authorities and other customary conditions, and is expected by the end of 2019. (Date: 25 Jun 2019) [Regions & Countries: China & France. Industries: Lifestyle & Consumer Goods]

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