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Oriental Garden Founder to Yield Control to Beijing State-Asset Manager
Dou Shicong
DATE:  Jul 31 2019
/ SOURCE:  yicai
Oriental Garden Founder to Yield Control to Beijing State-Asset Manager Oriental Garden Founder to Yield Control to Beijing State-Asset Manager

(Yicai Global) July 30 -- He Qiaonv, the founder of China's largest landscape  contractor debt-ridden Beijing Orient Landscape & Environment, will  sell 5 percent of the company's shares to a local state-owned asset  management company.

He will also entrust her voting rights to allow the government-run asset management firm to take control.

He and her husband, Tang Kai, will sell the shares via a transfer  agreement, Orient Landscape announced today. The buyer is Beijing  Chaohuixin Enterprise Management, a wholly-owned unit of Beijing  Chaoyang State-Owned Capital Operation Management Center. The  announcement provided no further details of the transaction.

The shareholding ratio of Chaohuixin Enterprise Management will rise to 10 percent post-deal after Oriental Garden sold a 5 percent stake to the Chaoyang district state-owned asset manager last November.

He and her spouse hold about 44 percent of Orient Landscape, but more than 70 percent of their shares are pledged for equity financing to service  debt. The company's assets of CNY900 million (USD131 million) have been  frozen by the government, the latest public information shows, and a  court also blacklisted He as a deadbeat debtor on July 22, which means  she is barred from air, ship and high-speed rail travel, hotel stays and  other forms of extravagance.

Formed in 1992, Orient Landscape researches, develops, cultivates and supplies horticultural plants, and provides landscape design, project and  maintenance services. It was once China's leading private garden  contractor, but has been in a debt meltdown since last year's second  half. The firm has also been the subject of scandals over defaults on employee's wages and supplier's payments on multiple occasions.

The company projects first-half losses of CNY550 million (USD80 million) to  CNY750 million, the firm's results issued on July 12 show, compared  with CNY664 million profits in the same period last year. The company  cited a changing financial environment and sector policies as the causes  of this swerve into the red and pledged to focus on retiring a large  mass of interest-bearing debt, which it also blamed as a factor.

Orient Landscape [SHE:002310] has suspended trading as of today because of this pending change in control, it announced. The closing price of the previous trading day was CNY5.90 (USD0.86), up over 2 percent, and its market capitalization was about CNY15.8 billion (USD2.3 billion).
Editor: Ben Armour

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