CDC Corporation Provides Update on Sale or Disposition of Its Remaining Assets, Including the Sale of Its Majority Stake in China.com
On September 6, 2012, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia (the “Court”) entered an order (the “Confirmation Order”) confirming the Second Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization of CDC Corporation (the “Amended Reorganization Plan”). The Amended Reorganization Plan contemplates, inter alia, the sale or disposition of all of CDC Corporation’s (“CDC” or the “Company”) Assets for the benefit of its Creditors and Eligible Equity Interest Holders.
Under such plan, Mr. Marcus A. Watson, the Company’s Chief Restructuring Officer (“CRO”), will act as the Disbursing Agent and reserve sufficient funds from the sale proceeds of the Company’s Assets to pay all Allowed Claims in full. All of the Company’s remaining Assets will be transferred to a liquidation trust (the “Liquidation Trust”) to be liquidated for the benefit of the holders of Allowed Equity Interests pursuant to the Amended Reorganization Plan. Upon establishment of the Liquidation Trust, Mr. Watson will be the initial Liquidation Trustee who is granted the authority to sell and/or dispose of the Trust Assets in an expeditious but orderly manner.
CDC Corporation’s remaining Assets consist primarily of the following:
- a 74.2% equity interest in China.com, Inc. (“China.com”), which is listed on the Growth Enterprise Market (GEM) of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HK: 8006)
- 100% ownership of certain URLs, including china.com; hongkong.com; and taiwan.com
- a 100% equity interest in CDC Games, which owns a 19.9% equity interest in Menue, Inc.
- a 100% indirect equity interest in DAE Advertising
CDC Corporation owns a 74.2% equity interest in China.com (HK: 8006), with the remaining equity interests owned by non-affiliated shareholders. China.com’s operations and assets are summarized as follows:
|a.||The listing status of China.com in the Growth Enterprise Market (GEM) of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange with the ticker symbol “8006.”|
|b.||Cash and cash equivalents of USD$30.4 million as of June 30, 2012|
|c.||The Travel Media segment, a publisher and event organizer for the travel and tourism market in the Asia Pacific region, which had Revenues of USD$11.8 million and a Reportable Segment Profit of USD$2.3 million for the 12 months ended June 30, 2012.|
|d.||The Internet Portal segment, a provider of internet content, internet search and online advertising services, which had Revenues of USD$5.2 million and a Reportable Segment Loss of USD$(0.9) million for the 12 months ended June 30, 2012.|
|e.||Limited partner interests in:|
|i. Two reputable Cayman Islands private equity funds, including a USD$14.0 million commitment (at cost) for which USD$12.4 million has been funded to date, and a USD$4.0 million commitment (at cost) for which USD$50,000 has been funded to date.|
|ii. A limited partner interest in a reputable Delaware venture capital fund which is represented by a USD$1.0 million commitment (at cost) for which USD$1.0 million has been funded to date.|
|CDC believes that the fair market value of these three limited partner interests, in aggregate, exceed the costs basis of these commitments.|
CDC Corporation owns the URL domains of “china.com,” “hongkong.com,” and “taiwan.com.” The URL china.com is owned by CDC Corporation and is currently licensed to China.com for USD$1 per year for use in its business operations under an automatically renewing annual licensing agreement which grants China.com the non-transferable right to utilize the domain name in connection with the operation of its internet portal segment. The URLs hongkong.com and tawian.com are currently not utilized in any revenue-generating capacity.
CDC Corporation owns a 100% equity interest in CDC Games, a publisher and operator of online games in China. CDC Games’ assets include a 19.9% equity interest in Menue, Inc., based in Tokyo, which is a leading mobile content provider in the Japanese digital comic market.
CDC Corporation owns a 100% indirect equity interest in DAE Advertising, based in San Francisco, which is a full service advertising agency specializing in multicultural marketing with a focus on Asian America.
After a detailed review of its ownership interests in conjunction with its financial advisor, the Company has determined that it will explore monetization alternatives for its entire 74.2% ownership interest in China.com. However, in the event that the Company is not able to maximize the value of its 74.2% ownership interest in a single sale transaction, the Company will consider divestiture or liquidation alternatives, in conjunction with the Board of Directors of China.com, for each of China.com’s respective assets.
CDC Corporation has retained Moelis & Company as its Exclusive Financial Advisor in conjunction with its ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the United States, as well as with respect to the sale or disposition of its remaining assets including its 74.2% equity stake in China.com. Inquiries can be directed to John Joliet, Managing Director, Moelis & Company at [email protected] or at +1 310.443.2328.
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