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Kenon, Chery Sell 51% of Qoros Automotive for $1 Billion

The investor, who is related to China’s Baoneng Group, has committed to buying 300,000 cars from Qoros over the next three year

Golan Hazani 11:3109.01.18
Israel-based Kenon Holdings Ltd. said on Monday that a China-based investor related to the Baoneng Group has acquired a 51% stake in Qoros Automotive Co. Ltd., a joint venture founded in 2007 by Kenon and Chery Automobile Co. Ltd. The Boaneng-linked investor paid $1 billion for its stake.

 

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Kenon announced the deal in a filing with U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission, saying that China’s Ministry of Commerce has provided its approval.

 

Qoros launching in China. Photo: Tian Tian Qoros launching in China. Photo: Tian Tian

As part of the deal, the investor has committed to spending $4.5 billion on the purchase of 300,000 vehicles from Qoros over three years. Qoros’ sales have so far reached 15,000 vehicles a year.

 

With the new investment, Kenon’s stake in Qoros has dropped to 24% and Chery’s to 25%.

 

The deal allows Kenon to sell its remaining position in Qoros for 3.12 billion yuan (currently worth $478 million) at a future date.

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