HNA Group, the 4th airline group in China, is seeking deal with Lung Cheong
 International Holdings for a backdoor listing in HK for its aircraft leasing arm.
HONG KONG: HNA Group, China’s No. 4 airline group, is seeking a backdoor listing in Hong Kong for its aircraft leasing arm by proposing a $ 722 million deal with Lung Cheong International Holdings.
Investment holding firm Lung Cheong said late on Tuesday it intended to buy HNA’s aircraft leasing business for HK$ 6 billion, to be paid via 1.2 billion new shares and a HK$ 5.8 billion convertible bond issue.

The new shares will be issued at HK$ 0.2 each and the bonds can be converted into shares at the same price, representing a 57.9 percent discount to the stock’s last close of HK$ 0.475 on Monday.

Lung Cheong shares fell as much as 16 percent after trading resumed on Wednesday and were down 13 percent at HK$ 0.415 at 0336 GMT.

HNA Group, with total assets of about 149.7 billion yuan ($ 22 billion) at the end of 2009, owns 13 full service airlines and six listed companies, including Hainan Airlines.

SOURCE: China Daily
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