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Kingway Says Heineken Venture to Sell Its 21 Percent Stake

Kingway Brewery Holdings Ltd., the Chinese beer maker, said it has been notified that Heineken-APB (China) Pte plans to sell its 21.4 percent stake in the company.

The stake will be sold for 1.08 billion yuan ($160 million), according to a statement released by Kingway on the Hong Kong stock exchange web site today. Kingway said the sale is conditional on GDH Ltd. waiving a pre-emption right to acquire the shares.

The statement didn’t identify the buyer. China Resources Holdings Ltd. has agreed to buy the stake in the beer maker, according to data on the Hong Kong exchange web site yesterday.

China Resources agreed to pay 44.1 cents a share on March 9, according to the Hong Kong stock exchange data. The shares last traded at HK$2.30, equivalent to 30 U.S. cents, on March 9.

Kingway owns seven breweries in China, according to its web site. The brewer has applied to resume trading in Hong Kong on March 14 after trading was suspended on March 9, according to today’s statement.

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