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Honghua Group disposes of offshore business

Chinese oil and gas drilling equipment manufacturer Honghua Group has announced that it intends to dispose of its entire offshore business segment amid the uncertain outlook in the offshore market.

The company plans to sell its 100% indirect equity interest in Honghua Offshore Oil & Gas Equipment (Jiangsu) through public tender on the Shanghai United Assets and Equity Exchange. Additionally it will sell its entire LNG-related business, including 30% equity interest in Prime FSP, 25% equity interest in FSP LNG and 70% equity interest in Hong Kong Tank Tek.

The company said the price for the sale will be based on an asset appraisal by a qualified appraisal institution.

Honghua Group believes that its offshore drilling business was adversely impacted by uncertainty and price fluctuations in the global oil market over recent years.

“The company held positive opinion towards the future development of LNG industry, but turning the business to LNG industry for offshore segment requires strategic partners, capital investment and other related resources. In light of such market conditions, the board is of the view that the potential disposal, if consummated, would help balance the short-term and long-term interest of the company and its shareholders and improve the group’s capital structure, resource allocation and financial performance,” Honghua Group said, explaining the rationale behind the potential disposal.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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