Saturday, 03 August 2013 15:16
BEIJING (Reuters) -- Ford Motor Co. has raised its stake in Jiangling Motors Corp. to 31.5 percent from 30 percent and is looking to increase it to as much as 32 percent over the next year, both companies said on Wednesday.
Ford has bought 13,002,396 of Jiangling's Hong Kong dollar-denominated B-shares so far this year, accounting for roughly 1.5 percent of the Chinese automaker's outstanding shares, Jiangling said in a stock exchange filing, adding it was a sign of confidence in it by Ford.
The U.S. automaker previously held a 30 percent stake in Jiangling.
Ford said it may raise its stake to 32 percent, the limit currently allowed by the securities regulator. After the latest purchase Ford's stake is worth about $705 million.
"We will continue to evaluate the market for JMC equity and may purchase the remaining portion of the 2 percentage points between now and January 20, 2014," Ford said in a brief statement.
During the first three months of this year, Jiangling, which makes JMC light trucks, SUVs, and Ford's Transit van, sold 56,420 vehicles, up 7 percent from a year earlier, outperforming a 3 percent gain in China's overall commercial vehicle sales.
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