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MONTRÉAL, Jan. 5, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Power Corporation of Canada (Power Corporation) (TSX: POW) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire an additional 3.9% equity interest in China Asset Management Co., Ltd. (China AMC) for RMB¥936 million (Can$179 million). The seller, a Chinese state-owned enterprise, is a non-strategic investor. Together with a 10% interest purchased in 2011, Power Corporation's ownership in China AMC will be 13.9%.
China AMC was established in 1998 and was one of the first asset management companies approved by the China Securities Regulatory Commission. It is recognized as a leading company in the Chinese asset management sector, with RMB¥1.1 trillion (Can$215 billion) in assets under management, serving over 40 million retail investors and 400 institutional mandates as at June 30, 2016. China AMC is an affiliate of CITIC Group Corporation Ltd., China's largest conglomerate, with which Power Corporation has had an association since 1986.
"This is an important addition to our portfolio in China, investing in the fast-growing asset management sector and in one of the best companies in its class," said Olivier Desmarais, Vice-President of Power Corporation. "Through this transaction, we are building on Power Corporation's long-standing presence in China and deepening our 30-year relationship with the CITIC Group of companies."
Mackenzie Financial Corporation (Mackenzie Investments), an indirect subsidiary of Power Corporation, also announced that it has agreed to acquire, in two separate transactions, a 13.9% interest in China AMC. Upon completion, Power Corporation and Mackenzie Investments will hold a combined 27.8% interest in China AMC. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Power Corporation's earnings.
"We are very pleased that Power Corporation has increased its ownership interest in China AMC," said Yang Minghui, Chairman of China AMC and President of CITIC Securities. "We look forward to continuing our relationship and shared interest in growing China AMC's business."
"We have great confidence in the leadership of China AMC and this investment allows Power Corporation to increase its exposure to the dynamic Chinese asset management market alongside CITIC Securities, China's largest securities dealer," added Peter Kruyt, Vice-President of Power Corporation and Chairman of Power Pacific Corporation Limited.
The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2017 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including Chinese regulatory approvals. Power Corporation expects to finance the acquisition of the additional 3.9% interest through the issuance of debt and/or preferred shares.
ABOUT CHINA AMC
Founded in 1998 as one of the first fund management companies in China, China AMC has maintained a market leading position in China's asset management industry with total assets under management of approximately RMB¥1.1 trillion at June 30, 2016. The company currently serves over 400 institutional mandates and 40 million retail investors. China AMC has one of the industry's strongest investment teams with over 200 dedicated investment professionals. To learn more, visit www.ChinaAMC.com.
ABOUT MACKENZIE INVESTMENTS
Mackenzie Investments was founded in 1967, and is a leading investment management firm providing investment advisory and related services. With Can$63.2 billion in assets under management as of November 30, 2016, Mackenzie Investments distributes its investment services through multiple distribution channels to both retail and institutional investors. Mackenzie Investments is a member of the IGM Financial Inc. (TSX: IGM) group of companies. To learn more, visit www.MackenzieInvestments.com.
ABOUT POWER CORPORATION
Power Corporation of Canada is a diversified international management and holding company with interests in companies in the financial services, communications and other business sectors in North America, Europe and Asia. To learn more, visit www.PowerCorporation.com.
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