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State-owned enterprise
Industry Conglomerate
Founded 1979; 39 years ago (1979)
Founder Rong Yiren
Headquarters Beijing, China
Area served
People's Republic of China
Key people
Chang Zhenming (Chairman), Jiong Wang (Vice Chairman, President, Member of Executive Committee and Member of Nomination Committee), Jianzhong Dou (Executive Director and Member of Executive Committee), Wei Min Ju (Chief Financial Officer)
Products Steel
Revenue Increase CN¥375 billion (2013)
Increase CN¥71 billion (2013)
Increase CN¥38 billion (2013)
Total assets Increase CN¥4.300 trillion (2013)
Total equity Increase CN¥272 billion (2013)
Owner Ministry of Finance (100%)
Parent Ministry of Finance
Subsidiaries CITIC Limited
Footnotes / references
in a consolidated basis; equity and profit excluded minority interests; in Chinese Accounting Standards[1]
CITIC Group Corporation Ltd.
Simplified Chinese 中国中信集团有限公司
Traditional Chinese 中國中信集團有限公司
Simplified Chinese 中信集团
Traditional Chinese 中信集團

CITIC Group Corporation Ltd., formerly the China International Trust Investment Corporation, is a state-owned investment company of the People's Republic of China, established by Rong Yiren in 1979 with the approval of Deng Xiaoping.[2] Its headquarters are in Chaoyang District, Beijing.[3] As of 2017, it is one of China's biggest conglomerates, with one of the largest foreign assets in the world.[4]

In the first half of 2017, the company's net profit rose by 60%, with revenue rising 7.6%, and shares rising 10%.[5]


Its initial aim was to "attract and utilize foreign capital, introduce advanced technologies, and adopt advanced and scientific international practice in operation and management."[6] It now owns 44 subsidiaries including China CITIC Bank, CITIC Limited, CITIC Trust and CITIC Merchant (mainly banks) in China, Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


The founder of CITIC, Rong Yiren, was one of the richest businessmen in China in the 1980s. He was also one of the earliest capitalists who stayed in mainland China.

It was reported on September 17, 2008, that CITIC was in talks to acquire Morgan Stanley.[citation needed] Instead Morgan sold a substantial portion of their company to Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in addition to applying for $10 billion from the Treasury Department as part of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Its subsidiary, CITIC Pacific (Chinese: 中信泰富, now known as CITIC Limited), made unauthorized bets on the foreign currency market in October 2008 and lost HK$14.7 billion (US$1.9 billion, when accounted for in mark-to-market terms). Senior executives such as Financial Controller Chau Chi-Yin and Group Finance Director Leslie Chang resigned.[7][8][9] Its stock price plunged 55.1 percent upon the resumption of trade.[10]

CITIC Group injected most of their assets to CITIC Limited in 2014. However, CITIC Guoan Group was excluded, which was recapitalized by other private capital.

In 2015, CITIC Group sold 10% stake of CITIC Limited to a joint-venture of Itochu and Charoen Pokphand for HK$34.4 billion (US$4.54 billion); the joint venture also subscribed new convertible preferred shares for HK$45.9 billion (or US$5.9 billion).[11] It was reported it was the largest investment ever made by a Japanese general trading company.[12] The transaction is also the largest acquisition in China by a Japanese company, and the largest investment by foreigners in a Chinese state-owned enterprise.[13]

In 2016, CITIC Group ranked 156th among the Fortune Global 500, with an annual revenue of $55,938 million.[14]

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  1. ^ "2013 Annual Report" (RAR). CITIC Group. 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "CITIC Group Corporation: Brief Introduction". CITIC Group. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Citic Group Contact". 
  4. ^ "CITIC Limited | Corporate Profile". 
  5. ^ Chiu, Joanne. "Citic net profit rises 60%". MarketWatch. 
  6. ^ "Citic Limited". Archived from the original on 2012-06-03. 
  7. ^ Keith Bradsher (2008-10-20). "Citic Pacific could lose $2 billion from foreign exchange trading". New York Times. 
  8. ^ Alison Leung, Ruth Wong (2008-10-20). "CITIC Pacific warns potential $2 billion forex losses". Reuters. 
  9. ^ Katherine Ng (2008-10-21). "Heads roll as $15.5b losses loom". The Standard. Archived from the original on 2012-10-26. 
  10. ^ "中信泰富暴挫55.1%". 2008-10-21. Archived from the original on 2008-10-26. 
  11. ^ "CITIC Limited Receives Investment from Charoen Pokphand Group and ITOCHU" (PDF). Itochu, Charoen Pokphand and CITIC Group. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "Itochu, CP to jointly invest 1 trillion yen in China's CITIC Group". Nikkei. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Fukase, Atsuko (20 January 2015). "Thaw in Japan-China Business Ties? Itochu's CITIC Deal Towers Above Others". Wall Street Journal Japan Real Time. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
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