Lentuo International Receives Beijing Government Approval for its Joint
Venture with Itochu
BEIJING, June 5, 2013
BEIJING, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lentuo International Inc. (NYSE: LAS)
("Lentuo" or the "Company"), a leading non-state-owned automobile retailer
headquartered in Beijing, today announced that it has received approval from
the Beijing government for its joint venture ("JV") with Itochu Corporation.
The approval was granted by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Commerce
("BMCC") in May, 2013.
The BMCC, a department under the Beijing Municipal Government, handles all
work related to foreign direct investment within Beijing. Its main duties
include examining and approving the acquisition of domestic enterprises as
well as the establishment of joint ventures involving foreign investors.
Following the approval, the Company has begun filing for the JV's business
The JV will focus on the expansion of Lentuo's high-end car dealerships across
China, starting with the new Audi 4S dealership located in southern Beijing,
the construction of which was announced by the Company in November, 2012. The
JV will also scale up its higher margin repair and maintenance services.
Itochu will invest RMB300 million and take a 40% stake in the JV. Having
successfully built its subsidiary Yanase into the largest Mercedes dealership
in Japan, and with its extensive experience in operating and investing in
high-end car dealerships across Asia, Itochu will also act as a strategic
investor to help Lentuo strengthen its management and business operations over
the long run.
"We are very pleased that the Beijing Municipal Commission of Commerce has
approved the joint venture with Itochu," commented Mr. Hetong Guo, Founder and
Chairman of Lentuo. "The approval marks the most critical step in the series
of government approvals we must first obtain before operations can begin."
"As we expand our premium car business, we particularly value the extensive
experience that Itochu will bring from decades of experience with Yanase in
Japan. We believe that this strategic partnership places Lentuo in a unique
position and provides substantial financial and managerial resources to
capitalize on the growing demand for premium cars in China. We look forward to
replicating this Sino-Foreign auto industrial alliance by seeking out new
strategic partners from across the globe who can help us leverage our position
in the world's largest auto market and build a solid foundation for long-term
growth," concluded Mr. Guo.
About Lentuo International Inc.
Lentuo is a leading non-state-owned automobile retailer headquartered in
Beijing. Lentuo operates 11 franchise dealerships, ten automobile showrooms,
one automobile repair shop, and one car leasing company.
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Lentuo International Inc.
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