CMHI Becomes 2nd Largest Shareholder of Dalian Port

China Merchants Holdings (International) Company Limited (CMHI) has purchased approximately 1,180 million H-shares of Dalian Port thus becoming the port’s second largest shareholder.

The share agreement is worth approximately HKD 4.332 billion ((USD 558 million) or HKD 3.67 per H-share.

The subscription shares represent approximately 26.67% of the existing issued share capital of Dalian Port, and approximately 21.05% of the issued share capital of Dalian Port.

On the same day, the company received a letter of commitment from the parent company of Dalian Port, Dalian Port Corporation, in respect of the acquisition, pursuant to which, Dalian Port Corporation agreed to allow certain voting commitment for the directors and supervisors of Dalian Port to be nominated by the company.

 Li Jianhong, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CMHI, said, “The entering of a share subscription agreement, which allows CMHI to become the second largest shareholder of Dalian Port after the completion, is one of the key strategic investments for CMHI to further improve the layout of existing ports network and to position the company to become a global leading comprehensive port-service provider going forward. Dalian Port, being a major shipping center in Northeast Asia and a hub in Northeast China, is of great strategic significance. The strategic and economic value of Dalian Port will gradually materialize, with, on one hand, the Government’s plan of implementing measures to revitalize the economies of Northeastern region of China, and on the other hand, the establishment of China-Japan-South Korea Free Trade Area.”

Dalian Port has a wide range of dedicated ports, including a 450,000-tonne crude oil terminal, which is currently the world’s largest, a 400,000-tonne ore terminal, a container terminal that can accommodate mega vessels, and a car terminal, which handled 68.5% of the imported crude oil, 96.7% of international containers and 100% of foreign traded vehicles in North-eastern China respectively. There are currently 88 international shipping routes and 13 international direct lines calling at Dalian Port, covering and connecting to more than 160 countries and 300 terminals around the world.

 “CMHI’s investment in Dalian Port is not merely a financial investment, but more importantly, it enables the formation of a mutually complementary cooperation in terms of sharing of resources and operational capability. Besides, the investment in Dalian Port also signifies a great leap forward by CMHI in the consolidation of port assets in China,” Jianhong adds.

In 2014, as cargo throughput handled by Dalian Port reached 350 million tonnes, cargo throughput of the overall Dalian port zone reached 420 million tonnes, enabling the port zone to become the ninth largest port in the world and the seventh largest port amongst the coastal ports in China.