You are here

China Eastern raises 8.55b yuan in private share placement

25369097 - 04_09_2012 - carriers5.jpg
China Eastern Airlines Corp has raised 8.55 billion yuan (S$1.73 billion) in a private sale of shares to a group of investors including China's biggest online travel agency Ctrip, which becomes the airline's fifth-biggest shareholder.

[BEIJING] China Eastern Airlines Corp has raised 8.55 billion yuan (S$1.73 billion) in a private sale of shares to a group of investors including China's biggest online travel agency Ctrip, which becomes the airline's fifth-biggest shareholder.

China's second-largest carrier by passenger numbers will use 6.83 billion yuan of the proceeds to purchase new aircraft, and 1.71 billion yuan to repay bank loans, it said in a filing to the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

The private placement came as China Eastern sought to diversify its shareholder pool.

In its first investment in the carrier, Ctrip bought 3.0 billion yuan in shares in the placement, giving it a 3.22 per cent stake.

sentifi.com

Market voices on:

Meanwhile China National Aviation Fuel bought an additional 3.0 billion yuan of shares, raising its holding in the airline to 4.05 per cent.

China Eastern shares rose 3.9 per cent to 6.92 yuan while the Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.6 per cent.

REUTERS

grab

Receive $80 Grab vouchers valid for use on all Grab services except GrabHitch and GrabShuttle when you subscribe to BT All-Digital at only $0.99*/month.

Find out more at btsub.sg/promo

Powered by GET.comGetCom