SOURCE: China Metro-Rural Holdings Limited
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 17, 2012) - China Metro-Rural Holdings Limited (the "Company") (NYSE MKT: CNR) announces entering into an agreement for the disposition of the majority of its equity interests in its subsidiaries involved in the development of its project in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang Province, PRC to certain independent third parties.
Under the agreement entered into October 15, 2012, and expected to close on or about November 30, 2012, the Company will sell to Run Xing Investments Limited and Honour Noble Holdings Limited (collectively, the "Purchasers") 100% of its equity interest in China Focus City (H.K.) Holdings Limited ("CFC (H.K.)") and 75% of its equity interest in Qiqihar China Focus City Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd. ("Qiqihar CFC") (collectively the "Sale"), as part of the Company's business re-positioning plan.
Pursuant to the agreement, the Company, through its subsidiaries, is to receive consideration of (A) RMB150,000,000 on or prior to November 15, 2012, plus an amount of RMB85,595,967, representing certain post-tax profits arising from Qiqihar CFC prior to the Sale, and interest on the pre-tax balance of such amount calculated from July 28, 2012 through the date of payment, which shall be no later than July 28, 2013, (B) HK$903,088.07 within thirty days of the agreement in respect of the settlement of certain intercompany balances, and (C) RMB16,000,000 within one month of the agreement in respect of the settlement of certain intercompany transactions. In addition, the Purchasers are to enter into a legally binding guaranty with respect to the Company's remaining 25% interest in Qiqihar CFC that the Company will receive (X) a pre-tax 21% fixed annual return (equal to RMB10,500,000), payable on October 15 of each year, beginning October 15, 2013 and (Y) RMB50,000,000 on or before October 14, 2013. The Purchasers shall have the right to purchase the remaining 25% interest in Qiqihar CFC at any time for RMB50,000,000 (plus any amounts due and payable under (X) and (Y) above). Finally, in the event that the Purchasers intend to sell its interests in Qiqihar CFC, they must first purchase the Company's remaining 25% interest for RMB50,000,000 (plus any amounts due and payable under (X) and (Y) above).
The payments of the amounts described above shall also be guaranteed by the Purchasers and Qiqihar CFC, as well as Mr. SU Shaobin who is a director of the Company. The dispositions are subject to the consent of certain holders of the Company's convertible bonds issued in August 2012, which has been obtained on October 15, 2012.
The disposition has been reviewed and approved by the Audit Committee and the Board of the Directors of the Company.
ABOUT CHINA METRO-RURAL HOLDINGS LIMITED
China Metro-Rural Holdings Limited is a leading agricultural logistics platform development and rural-urban migration redevelopment company in China.
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