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WANDA GROUP (simplified Chinese : 万达集团; traditional Chinese : 萬達集團; pinyin : Wàndá Jítuán), or DALIAN WANDA (Chinese: 大连万达), is a Chinese multinational conglomerate corporation and the world's biggest private property developer and owner and the world's largest cinema chain operator, owning Wanda Cinemas and the Hoyts Group , as well as a majority share of AMC Theatres .

The company operates in several major industries: commercial property, luxury hotels, culture, Internet, finance, tourism, and department stores. It was established in Dalian
Dalian
, Liaoning
Liaoning
and is now headquartered in Beijing
Beijing
. It ranked 380th on the Fortune Global 500 List in 2017. In 2016 its assets amounted to 796.2 billion yuan with operating revenue of 255 billion yuan. Wanda Cultural Industry Group is China’s largest cultural enterprise, with annual revenue of 64.1 billion yuan in 2016.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Diversification push * 1.2 Initial public offering * 1.3 Sports

* 2 Operations * 3 Sponsorships * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links

HISTORY

The company was founded in Dalian, Liaoning, in 1988 as a residential real estate company by Wang Jianlin . Incorporated in 1992, the company was "one of the first shareholding companies in the PRC" after the economic reform .

DIVERSIFICATION PUSH

Since 2005, recent years Chinese property developers like Dalian Wanda and Evergrande have made forays into "alternative, income-generating businesses away from the property market". The Financial Times noted that Dalian
Dalian
Wanda was the "most aggressive" in pursuing this strategy, pointing to its 2012 acquisition of U.S. cinema chain AMC Theatres and 2013 purchase of British yachtmaker Sunseeker . It noted that it was also "building theme parks across China, and has a joint venture with Tencent and Baidu to set up an e-commerce platform".

Dalian
Dalian
Wanda acquired the U.S.-based cinema operator AMC Theatres in May 2012 for $2.6 billion, the largest Chinese acquisition of an American company to that date. The acquisition went through successfully in August 2012, making Wanda Cinemas the world’s largest cinema operator. As of 2016, Wanda owns approximately 6% of all commercial movie screens in China, and about 13% in the U.S. The company made major changes in AMC theater design and layout, including generously sized reclining seats, waiter service, and expanded food and drink offerings. Ticket sales at AMC nearly doubled in the 18 months following the acquisition, and by the end of 2014 Wanda had reaped a reported profit of about US$900 million. AMC also owns 50% of Open Road Films .

In June 2013, Dalian
Dalian
Wanda planned to invest $1.1 billion to develop a new five-star hotel in London
London
next to the Thames River
Thames River
in Vauxhall
Vauxhall
, South London, as part of the Nine Elms regeneration. Mayor of London Boris Johnson welcomed this move. It is building "Western Europe’s tallest residential building". Plans were scrapped in 2015,

In June 2013, Dalian
Dalian
Wanda acquired Sunseeker International , a UK-based maker of luxury yachts used in the James Bond movies, for $500 million. This acquisition will give them a 92% stake in the company.

In January 2015, Dalian
Dalian
Wanda purchased an office building in Sydney, Australia , from Blackstone Group
Blackstone Group
for around $327 million. The company is "aggressively expanding overseas to move away from China's property market, which has been hit by a slowing economy".

In June 2015, Wanda Cinemas announced that it had acquired Australian cinema chain Hoyts .

In November 2015, it was announced that a holding company , Wanda Film Holdings, will group all film-related assets.

Dalian
Dalian
Wanda plans for a skyscraper in Chicago to be called Wanda Vista , designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang and will become the city's third-tallest building. If completed, it will become the tallest building in the world designed by a woman, passing Chicago's Aqua Tower .

On January 11, 2016, Wanda Group
Wanda Group
acquired Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion. The acquisition of Legendary made Wanda Film Holdings the highest revenue-generating film company in the world.

In May 2016, Wanda Group
Wanda Group
acquired Propaganda GEM. The Entertainment Marketing and product placement agency becomes part of Wanda Group's focus on entertainment but also Hollywood content.

Wanda Group
Wanda Group
also owns 20% of Mtime.

In September 2016, Wanda announced a major partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment , in which it will take minority investments in a number of upcoming releases. Sony stated that Wanda planned to "highlight the China
China
element in the films in which it invests". The deal came in the wake of Wanda's failed bid to acquire a stake in Paramount Pictures .

In November 2016, Wanda announced it would buy Dick Clark Productions for around $1 billion. However, the deal fell through, with Bloomberg citing increasing regulation of Chinese investments both domestically and in the United States, and Deadline.com citing financial struggles in Wanda's real estate business.

In May 2017, Wanda announced it would invest $3.3B by 2024 in EuropaCity , a mega-project near Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport that will boast a theme park, attractions, cultural exhibitions, retail shops, outdoor sports venues and restaurants over about 200 acres. It's Wanda's biggest-ever single project in Europe. Its other offshore real estate interests include a major development on the banks of London's River Thames and plans for an industrial park in India at a $10B investment.

In July 2017, Wanda launched the grand opening of Danzhai Wanda Village , a $200 million project of Wanda's poverty alleviation.

In July 2017 it was reported that the group was selling a number of theme parks and hotels for $9.3 billion to Chinese property developer Sunac .

In August, Wanda invested $2.14 billion in healthcare industry and launched the Healthcare Group. Wanda cooperates with International Hospital Group.

August 9th, 2017, Wanda Group
Wanda Group
announced acquisitions of Wanda Culture Travel Innovation Group and Wanda Hotel Management Co. in a major restructuring. In a filing posted on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Wanda Hotel Development said it will acquire Wanda Travel for RMB6.3 billion, paid either in cash, the issue of shares and/or convertible bonds, with share prices determined by the company’s closing price on Aug. 8 at HK$1.16 per share. Wanda Hotel Development will acquire Wanda Hotel Management for a cash price of RMB750 million.

INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING

In December 2014, Dalian
Dalian
Wanda Commercial Properties, the group's property division, raised $3.7 billion in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange , the "most money a real estate company has raised in the public markets". The IPO made founder Wang Jianlin worth more than $25 billion, making him one of China's richest men.

In 2016, the group sought to privatize Dalian
Dalian
Wanda Commercial Properties less than 18 months after the unit's listing on the stock exchange. Standard & Poor was concerned that the move would weaken Wanda Commercial's transparency.

SPORTS

On January 20, 2015, it was reported that Wang Jianlin was buying a 20% stake in the La Liga club Atlético Madrid . The purchase was finalised March 31, 2015, when the company Wanda Madrid Investment, a subsidiary of Dalian
Dalian
Wanda Group, officially become a partial owner of Atlético Madrid after gaining control of 726.707 shares, representing a 20% ownership stake. The purchase price was €44,983,163.30, or €61.90 per share.

In February 2015, Dalian
Dalian
Wanda won an auction to purchase Infront Sports for example, it has the exclusive sales rights to broadcast FIFA
FIFA
's events from 2015 to 2022, including the 2018 and 2022 World Cups . According to Wang Jianlin, "the acquisition is expected to help boost sports in China
China
and increase Wanda’s influence in global sports". Wanda Plaza

In August 2015, Dalian
Dalian
Wanda announced that it was purchasing the World Triathlon Corporation , a US-based company promoting and licensing various triathlon competitions, for $650 million.

In November 2015, it was announced that a sports division will include all sports-related assets.

In March 2016, FIFA
FIFA
announced that Wanda would be a major sponsor for international events until 2030.

In June 2017 it purchased Competitor Group (operator of the Rock \'n\' Roll Marathon Series ).

OPERATIONS

Wanda Group
Wanda Group
has its headquarters in the Wanda Plaza (Chinese: 万达广场) in Beijing
Beijing
's Chaoyang District , where it moved in 2009. In May 2015, Dalian
Dalian
Wanda Group
Wanda Group
announced that it was in the process of relocating its corporate headquarters to Shanghai
Shanghai
, which will become the third Chinese city to host the company's headquarters.

As of December 31, 2016, Dalian
Dalian
Wanda owned 185 Wanda Plazas, 90 hotels, 3,947 cinema screens throughout China.

In 2013, the company’s assets totaled 380 billion yuan ($62.8 billion), its annual income reached 186.6 billion yuan ($30.8 billion) and net profits exceeded 12.5 billion yuan ($2.06 billion).

By January 2017, Dalian
Dalian
Wanda Group
Wanda Group
was the largest film exhibitor in China, with Shanghai
Shanghai
Film Group in second.

In July 2017, the Chinese Central Government introduced new measures that bar state-owned banks from providing new loans to private Chinese firms to curb their foreign expansion. According to media reports, the measures were approved directly by President Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping
. Next to Wanda Group, the measures also targeted HNA Group Co. , Anbang Insurance Group as well asand Fosun International Ltd. Chairman Wang Jianlin responded by announcing that the company will focus on investing into the domestic market, and sold $9.4 billion worth of assets, including 77 hotels and a 91 percent stake in 13 theme parks to a smaller Chinese competitor.

SPONSORSHIPS

Since 2011, Dalian
Dalian
Wanda has been the major sponsor of the Chinese Super League football league. From 1994 to 2000, it was the primary sponsor for the Dalian
Dalian
Shide F.C. (then named Dalian
Dalian
Wanda F.C.), during which time the club won four titles in the Chinese top-tier Jia-A League .

The "China's Future Football Stars" project, kicked off in 2013, is being funded by the Wanda Group
Wanda Group
with an initial phase-I investment of at least 200 million yuan (approximately $32.5 million), the biggest sponsorship in domestic youth sport development since 1949. The program will see 30 young footballers sent to Spain
Spain
each year for a three-year training program that will consist of football training, as well as education in Spanish language and local culture.

On March 18, 2016, Wanda signed a deal with FIFA
FIFA
to provide sponsorship at the next four World Cup competitions, up until 2030. Although it is still unclear as to how much money has changed hands, and also which Wanda Subsidiaries will be appearing. This deal makes Wanda the first Chinese First-Tier FIFA
FIFA
Sponsor.

On December 9, 2016 Wanda signed a deal with Atletico Madrid to have the new stadium named after the Wanda Group. The new stadium's name will be Wanda Metropolitano . Wanda Group
Wanda Group
already owns 20% of the Spanish football club.

SEE ALSO

* Chinese property bubble (2005–11) * Real estate in China
China

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Wanda Group
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Wanda Group
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EXTERNAL LINKS

* Company website (English) * Company website (Chinese)

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