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Feb 20, 2017 03:09 PM
BUSINESS & TECH

HNA Buys 3% of Deutsche Bank

HNA Group has purchased 3% of Deutsche Bank, a stake worth an estimated 750 million euros ($796 million). Photo: Visual China
HNA Group has purchased 3% of Deutsche Bank, a stake worth an estimated 750 million euros ($796 million). Photo: Visual China

(Beijing) — Private equity firm HNA Group Co. Ltd. has bought 3% of leading German lender Deutsche Bank AG, adding to a multibillion-dollar global buying spree as it makes a nascent push into financial services.

No price was given for the purchase announced on Friday. But at current market rates the 3.04% stake would be worth about 750 million euros ($796 million). HNA could eventually raise its stake to as much as 10%, according to a Reuters report, citing the Chinese company.

Deutsche Bank’s current largest institutional shareholders are the government of Qatar, which holds about 6% through two sovereign wealth funds, followed by BlackRock Inc., with 6.07%.

HNA announced its purchase as Deutsche Bank reported a loss of 1.9 billion euros in last year’s fourth quarter, much of that related to litigation-related expenses.

The purchase marks the latest step by HNA into the global financial services market, as it diversifies beyond its traditional realm of travel- and tourism-related investments.

In January the company said it would pay NZ$660 million ($474 million) for UDC Finance Ltd., the New Zealand asset finance arm of Australia’s Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ). Later that month it also joined a group buying SkyBridge Capital, as the U.S. hedge fund specialist’s founder, Anthony Scaramucci, prepared to leave for a role in the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Contact reporter Yang Ge (geyang@caixin.com)

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