Middle Eastern Capital Partners with Consortium to Inject 60 Billion Yuan into Wanda Group

Consumer Discretionary Author: EqualOcean News, Danyun XIAO Apr 02, 2024 05:36 PM (GMT+8)
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On March 30th, Dalian Wanda Commercial Management Group announced the signing of an investment agreement with TaiMeng Investment Group, CITIC Capital, funds under Ares Management, Platinum Peony (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority), and Mubadala Investment Company. The investors will jointly inject approximately 60 billion yuan into Wanda Commercial Management, after which the consortium will collectively hold 60% of Wanda's shares, with Dalian Wanda Commercial Management adjusting its shareholding to 40%. This investment marks the largest single private equity transaction in China's private market over the past five years, with Middle Eastern capital playing a significant role in this consortium.

It is understood that global sovereign wealth funds such as the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Mubadala Investment Company have significantly increased their investment proportions in the Chinese market in recent years. The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority's investment layout in China has grown from 4.5% in 2019 to 22.9% in the first quarter of 2023, demonstrating Middle Eastern capital's proactive investment stance towards the Chinese market. Especially as American capital gradually exits the Chinese market, Middle Eastern capital has recognized the long-term growth potential of the Chinese market and increased its investment efforts. Moreover, Middle Eastern countries are seeking to diversify their investments to reduce their dependence on the oil economy, with China's emerging industries such as new energy, artificial intelligence, and biopharmaceuticals becoming hot spots for their investments. This substantial investment from Middle Eastern capital into Wanda Commercial Management not only provides support for Wanda Group to reduce its debt ratio and improve the management of its core assets but also opens new avenues for Middle Eastern capital to explore new opportunities in the Chinese market.

This 60 billion yuan investment will further empower the development of Wanda Commercial Management, while Middle Eastern investors, through this investment case, can not only expect to achieve stable returns but also deepen their influence in the Chinese and global commercial real estate markets. This event signifies a strategic adjustment of Middle Eastern capital in the global investment arena, as well as its investment and confidence in the long-term growth potential of the Chinese market.