Wang Jianlin, Wanda’s CEO, the richest man in Asia once said, “Our goal is to make Wanda a brand like Walmart or IBM or Google, a brand known by everyone in the world, a brand from China.” Dalian Wanda, with assets of over $96 billion, has grown from a property company to a large conglomerate, and has its fingers in many pies: from real estate and retail to sports and entertainment. It is also leading a world-wide buying spree, acquiring top assets such as AMC Theatres, Legendary Pictures, World Triathlon Corporation, and Infront Sports & Media. While trying hard to diversify its business, real estate still takes the largest portion in its revenue structure. But how stable is Wanda empire’s future?
The week that was: China’s exports do better than expected, local officials get new evaluation criteria, and e-commerce giant Alibaba invests in white goods major Haier. Export and retail numbers beat expectations China’s exports in November surprised analysts again—the 12.7% year-on-year increase tops a Reuters’ poll of a 7.1% rise and more than doubles October’s […]
You are invited to download the September 2013 issue of CKGSB Magazine. It features articles and interviews like: COVER STORY: The End of Exports?: As China pushes to become an economy based on consumption, what happens to exports? SNAPSHOT: China’s Urban Layers: An infographic showing the different phases and facets of China’s urbanization story. CHINA INSIGHT: Bolshie in […]
Chinese banks employ various strategies as they steadily march into international markets On July 6th 2012, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank by market value, became a controlling shareholder in The Bank of East Asia’s US subsidiary after receiving final approval from American regulators to purchase 80% of the bank’s […]
Chinese companies are globalizing on an unprecedented scale, but with mixed success. For the investors, it was all backwards. In early 2011, Chinese dairy producer Bright Food convened a meeting with outside investors and consultants. The company had mountains of cash, priceless connections and Beijing’s blessing. Having grown to become China’s second-biggest food and drink […]
Here’s a question. What do the following mergers and acquisitions have in common: Lenovo and IBM’s PC division, TCL and Thomson Electronics’ TV arm, and BenQ and Siemen’s cellphone business? According to Teng Bingsheng, Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Associate Dean responsible for the CKGSB MBA program, there is one common thread that runs […]
As Bright Food buys up iconic breakfast brand Weetabix, questions arise over whether China is eyeing a larger takeover of Western food firms?
Last year, Zong Qinghou, founder and president of Wahaha, China’s biggest beverage company, was holding a run-of-the-mill press conference in Beijing. Although Zong was the richest man in China by some estimates, it seemed as though nothing of interest would come out of his speech that day. Then an ostensibly throwaway comment sent stocks soaring. […]