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A sign of Dalian Wanda Group in China glows during an event in this file photo. (Damir Sagolj/REUTERS)
A sign of Dalian Wanda Group in China glows during an event in this file photo. (Damir Sagolj/REUTERS)

Dalian Wanda to sell China tourism projects, hotels to Sunac for $9.3-billion Add to ...

Dalian Wanda Group on Monday said it would sell 91 per cent of 13 tourism projects, as well as 76 hotels in China, to Sunac China for a total of 63.18 billion yuan ($9.3-billion).

Shares in Wanda Hotel Development surged more than 150 per cent after the news.

The 91 per cent stake in Wanda mega cultural and tourism projects, located across the country from the northern city of Harbin to Kunming in the south, will fetch 29.58 billion yuan.

Wanda, owned by Wang Jianlin who is one of China’s richest men, had earmarked a more than 300 billion yuan investment for its cultural and tourism projects, which usually comprise a theme park, shopping centre, hotel and residential buildings.

Wanda said Tianjin-based Sunac will be responsible for all the loans for the projects, but the brand name and design of the projects will remain unchanged, and they will still be operated and managed by Wanda.

The conglomerate will also sell 76 hotels for 33.6 billion yuan. The two parties are expected to sign an agreement on the deal by the end of this month.

Both will also engage in strategic co-operation in movie business, the statement said. Dalian Wanda’s businesses include cinema chains too.

“It seems Sunac wants to be a Wanda No.2 and develop its own cultural and entertainment business,” said CRIC Hong Kong head of research David Hong.

Sunac’s shares in Hong Kong were suspended from trading ahead of what it said would be a “very substantial acquisition” announcement.

Sunac declined to comment further before the official announcement.

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