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|Day's Range||6.03 - 6.03|
|52 Week Range||5.60 - 7.71|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.87|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||6.51|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.23 (3.81%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Sep 11, 2019|
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HONG KONG/BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - CITIC Ltd , the main listed arm of Chinese state-owned conglomerate CITIC Group, plans to sell a 22% stake in McDonald's Corp's mainland China and Hong Kong business, which is likely to be bought by the group's private equity arm. The Hong Kong-listed company aims to raise at least 2.17 billion yuan ($312 million) through the sale, according to a company filing to the China Beijing Equity Exchange on Wednesday. CITIC Capital, the group's flagship alternative investment arm which manages over $26 billion in assets, would likely become the buyer, said two people with direct knowledge of the matter.
More than one-fifth of McDonald's overall revenue on the mainland now comes from delivery services thanks to the growing popularity of these food apps and the country's well entrenched mobile payment culture.Same store sales alone have grown 4 per cent year to date from the same period last year, according to Yichen Zhang, chairman and chief executive of investment firm Citic Capital, which owns a 52 per cent stake in the burger chain's China and Hong Kong businesses.McDonald's sold an 80 per cent stake in the business to Citic Capital, Citic Ltd and US private equity firm Carlyle for US$2.08 billion in January 2017. Carlyle owns a 28 per cent stake, while the Chicago-headquartered fast-food giant retained a 20 per cent stake. Since then the new investors have increased the number of stores on the mainland to 3,000 from 2,400."The growth we have been generating today compared to two years ago is mostly through technology," said Zhang at the SuperReturn Asia conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Red Lobster seafood chain slowly clawing its way into China, but hopes country will one day be its biggest marketIn China, delivery apps operated by Tencent Holdings-backed Meituan Dianping, and Alibaba-owned Ele.me have fanned the popularity of online food delivery services.According to forecasts from Frost and Sullivan, China's food and drinks market is expected to reach US$927 billion a year in 2023 from US$628 billion last year on the back of the popularity of the delivery services and demand from millennials " people born in the 1990s.Zhang Yichen, chairman and chief executive officer of Citic Capital, says it's hard to see China losing the tech war with the US. Photo: Bloomberg alt=Zhang Yichen, chairman and chief executive officer of Citic Capital, says it's hard to see China losing the tech war with the US. Photo: Bloomberg"We have successfully convinced our US headquarters to [approve] our partnership with Tencent ... that makes marketing more low cost and effective, and [that] changes the whole game," said ZhangHe however did not provide details on the latest partnership with Tencent.Currently, McDonald's sends digital coupons to its nearly 100 million registered members in China using its app, allowing them to redeem discounted food items by scanning a QR code on their WeChat app, or view new menu items' launch. Tencent's WeChat is a multipurpose social media and messaging app in China.Zhang also weighed on the ongoing US-China technology rivalry and investment opportunities arising from the feud. Popular Chinese hotpot chain sets its sights on US, to open first outlet in New York early next yearHe said that database software and enterprise services in China will see a wave of investment because of the US government's clamp down on access to US technology by Chinese giants, such as Huawei."If licensing to sell technology to Huawei can be curbed by the US government anytime, do you still want to build your business at the mercy of someone else?" he asked, referring to an emerging trend among Chinese companies who are relying more on locally developed software."With the economies of China and the US decoupling on the tech front, you just see that some Chinese companies would come up [with their own solutions], as they have a market for their [products]. It's hard to see China lose in the long run."Last month, Citic Capital closed a US$2.8 billion China buyout fund, its largest to date. The investment firm currently manages US$7.4 billion worth of committed capital, while its private equity arm focuses on health care, services and industrial sectors.This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. For more SCMP stories, please explore the SCMP app or visit the SCMP's Facebook and Twitter pages. Copyright © 2019 South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Copyright (c) 2019. South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of CITIC Group Corporation and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers. This publication does not announce a credit rating action and is not an indication of whether or not a credit rating action is likely in the near future.
Citic has become the latest Hong Kong developer forced into selling new flats at huge discounts to attract buyers amid a property market battered by months of civil unrest.The latest official figures released on Tuesday show that home sales have halved since the start of protests that have rocked the city.Citic launched its residential project in Ma On Shan at up to 20 per cent below the price of similar properties in the same area. On Tuesday, the builder released the first 50 units at The Entrance at an average price of HK$15,999 per square foot after factoring in a discount of up to 7 per cent.In the same area, flats at St Barths, a project built by Sun Hung Kai Properties, were being offered at around HK$20,000 per square foot, according to Louis Chan, vice-chairman of Asia-Pacific residential division at Centaline Property Agency.The discounted prices were announced as the Land Registry released data showing home sales " for both new and used properties " had dropped to 4,084 in August, the lowest of the year.That is roughly half the 8,208 sales in May, before the start of pro-democracy protests that have gone on to hit retail sales and visitor numbers. The prolonged trade dispute between Washington and Beijing has also dampened appetite."Homes sales plunged significantly in August as buying desire hit by the widespread social movement and escalated US-China trade war dampened buying interest," said Chan.In a bid to woo buyers, other developers have been forced to offer their projects at lower prices.Last Friday, Wheelock Properties managed to shift 88 per cent of units at its Marini development in Lohas Park, Tseung Kwan O, on the first day of sales. The strong performance came after Wheelock priced Marini at 8 per cent below properties sold in the area just two months ago. Protests could be 'catastrophic' for economy as tourists shun Hong KongBillion Development & Project Management sold 570 units at The Aurora in Tsuen Wan over two weekends in late August, after pricing them 10 per cent lower than the nearest project in the neighbourhood.The political tension in the city and the US-China trade war have crimped total sales, although sales of new homes are holding up largely because developers are pricing lower, said Thomas Lam, head of valuation and advisory at consultancy Knight Frank.. "The second-hand market is under pressure, and some owners, especially those with less holding power are willing to reduce their asking price, allowing more room for negotiation," he said.Citic insisted appetite for property remained strong in the face of the increasingly violent street rallies that have shaken the city to its foundations."We have seen quite good sales of new projects in August despite the recent unstable sentiment. It reflects the strong demand for homes and [the fact] our first launch prices are competitive," said Cindy Kwan, a director at Citic Pacific Property Agents, a wholly owned subsidiary of Citic."It will attract potential buyers who plan to upgrade to a bigger flat."The first batch of flats at The Entrance are mostly located on lower floors but most of them command a full sea view, she said.The units on offer, with sizes ranging from 922 square feet to 1,428 square feet, are priced at HK$15.64 million to HK$21.13 million, or HK$14,298 to HK$17,934 per sq ft, after factoring in the 7 per cent discount.In May of 2015, Citic won the site for HK$1.47 billion, or HK$6,502 per square foot through government tender. Surveyors estimated the development cost would be HK$9,911 per square foot, inclusive of construction costs.This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. For more SCMP stories, please explore the SCMP app or visit the SCMP's Facebook and Twitter pages. Copyright © 2019 South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Copyright (c) 2019. South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of ITOCHU Corporation and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers. This publication does not announce a credit rating action and is not an indication of whether or not a credit rating action is likely in the near future.
Ivanhoe Mines Ltd said on Thursday a unit of Chinese state-run conglomerate CITIC Ltd has agreed to invest an additional C$612 million ($453.77 million)in the Canadian miner to speed up production at its projects in Southern Africa. With this deal, CITIC Metal Co has brought its total investment in Ivanhoe to about C$1.3 billion, the miner said in a statement. Under the deal terms, Ivanhoe will issue 153.8 million shares to CITIC at C$3.98 per share.
The business, which could fetch at least $1.5 billion, has also drawn interest from local supermarket operator Yonghui Superstores Co., the people said. The German retailer is willing to sell as much as 80 percent of the Chinese business while retaining a significant minority if an attractive offer is made, Bloomberg News reported last month. The company picked Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to run a review of its Chinese business, people with knowledge of the matter said last year.