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LeEco gets fresh $2.18 billion investment from property developer Sunac
January 13, 2017 / 3:58 PM / 10 months ago

LeEco gets fresh $2.18 billion investment from property developer Sunac

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese technology conglomerate LeEco has secured a new round of investment worth 15.04 billion yuan ($2.2 billion) from property developer Sunac China Holdings (1918.HK), according to a stock exchange statement made by Sunac on Friday.

Jia Yueting, co-founder and head of Le Holdings Co Ltd, also known as LeEco and formerly as LeTV, poses for a photo in front of a logo of his company after a Reuters interview at LeEco headquarters in Beijing, China, picture taken April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Last year LeEco’s founder and chairman Jia Yueting said that his company was facing financial obstacles due to the rapid pace of growth in various businesses, but the company soon afterwards announced it had secured commitments for $600 million to support its automotive and other high-tech businesses.

Sunac, through its real estate subsidiary Sunac Real Estate, said on Friday it plans to invest 6.04 billion yuan in LeEco’s Shenzhen-listed unit Leshi Internet Information and Technology Corp Beijing (300104.SZ), by acquiring an 8.61 percent stake.

It also plans to invest 1.05 billion yuan in LeEco’s film production company, Leshi Pictures, by acquiring a 15 percent stake, and pay another 7.95 billion yuan ($1.15 billion) for a 33.5 percent stake in Leshi Internet’s subsidiary Leshi Zhixin, known for its smart Internet TVs.

Trading in Leshi Internet Information’s shares, which was suspended on Dec. 6, will resume on Jan. 16.

Sunac has been seeking investment opportunities linked with China’s technological innovation and the upgrade of consumumption sectors.

Sunac said the strengthened partnership with LeEco will enable both firms to cooperate in areas such as intelligent hardware, real estate, and smart homes. It also highlighted industrial real estate as an area for greater cooperation.

For LeEco, the fresh round of funds can likely help resolve some financial difficulties it has faced in recent months, as it continues its push into the smartphones, film, sports, electric and driverless vehicles markets.

In the stock filing, Sunac said it paid 35.39 yuan per share for its stake in Leshi Internet.

Leshi Internet Information also said in a separate filing on the Shenzhen stock exchange that Chinese insurer Huaxia Life invested 400 million yuan ($58 million) in Leshi Zhixin.

Reporting by Jess Macy Yu and Twinnie Siu in Hong Kong and Lee Chyen Yee in Singapore; Editing by Greg Mahlich

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