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Wanda Group
万达集团
Private
Industry Conglomerate (Hospitality, retailing, property development, tourism, cultural industry[1])
Founded Dalian, Liaoning, China
1988; 28 years ago (1988)
Headquarters Beijing, China
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Wang Jianlin (Chairman)[2]
Dīng Běnxī (丁本锡) (President)
Products Plazas, yachts, luxury hotels, commercial property, department stores, cinemas
Revenue Increase CN¥257.371 billion (US$39.47 billion) (2014)[3]
Increase CN¥13.450 billion (US$2.06 billion) (2013)[3]
Total assets Increase CN¥564.250 billion (US$86.15 billion) (2014)[3]
Owner Dalian Hexing Investment Co. (owned by Wang family)[2]
Number of employees
130,000[4]
Divisions Wanda Cinemas
Wanda Media
Subsidiaries AMC Theatres
Sunseeker International
Infront Sports & Media
The Hoyts Group
World Triathlon Corporation
Legendary Entertainment
Website www.wanda-group.com
Wanda Group
Simplified Chinese 万达集团
Traditional Chinese 萬達集團
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 大连万达
Traditional Chinese 大連萬達

Wanda Group (simplified Chinese: 万达集团; traditional Chinese: 萬達集團; pinyin: Wàndá Jítuán), or Dalian Wanda (Chinese: 大连万达), is a Chinese multinational conglomerate corporation and the world's biggest private property developer and owner[5] and the world's largest cinema chain operator, owning Wanda Cinemas, and the Hoyts Group.[6][7]

The company operates in four major industries—commercial property, luxury hotels, culture and tourism, and department stores. It was established in Dalian, Liaoning and is now headquartered in Beijing.

History[edit]

The company was founded in Dalian, Liaoning, in 1988 as a residential real estate company by Wang Jianlin.[8] Incorporated in 1992, the company was "one of the first shareholding companies in the PRC" after the economic reform.[9]

Diversification push[edit]

Since 2005,[2] recent years Chinese property developers like Dalian Wanda and Evergrande have made forays into "alternative, income-generating businesses away from the property market". The Financial Times noted that Dalian Wanda was the "most aggressive" in pursuing this strategy, pointing to its 2012 acquisition of U.S. cinema chain AMC Theatres and 2013 purchase of British yachtmaker Sunseeker. It noted that it was also "building theme parks across China, and has a joint venture with Tencent and Baidu to set up an e-commerce platform".[10]

Dalian Wanda acquired the U.S.-based cinema operator AMC Theatres in May 2012 for $2.6 billion, the largest Chinese acquisition of an American company to that date.[11] The acquisition went through successfully in August 2012, making Wanda Cinemas the world’s largest cinema operator.[12] As of 2016, Wanda owns approximately 6% of all commercial movie screens in China, and about 13% in the U.S.[12] The company made major changes in AMC theater design and layout, including generously sized reclining seats, waiter service, and expanded food and drink offerings. Ticket sales at AMC nearly doubled in the 18 months following the acquisition, and by the end of 2014 Wanda had reaped a reported profit of about US$900 million.[12] AMC also owns 50% of Open Road Films.

In June 2013, Dalian Wanda planned to invest $1.1 billion to develop a new five-star hotel in London next to the Thames River in Vauxhall, South London, as part of the Nine Elms regeneration.[2] Mayor of London Boris Johnson welcomed this move.[13] It is building "Western Europe’s tallest residential building".[9] Plans were scrapped in 2015,

In June 2013, Dalian Wanda acquired Sunseeker International, a UK-based maker of luxury yachts used in the James Bond movies, for $500 million.[2] This acquisition will give them a 92% stake in the company.[13]

In January 2015, Dalian Wanda purchased an office building in Sydney, Australia, from Blackstone Group for around $327 million.[14] The company is "aggressively expanding overseas to move away from China's property market, which has been hit by a slowing economy".[10]

In June 2015, Wanda Cinemas announced that it had acquired Australian cinema chain Hoyts.[7]

In November 2015, it was announced that a holding company, Wanda Film Holdings, will group all film-related assets.[15]

Dalian Wanda plans for a skyscraper in Chicago to be called Wanda Vista, designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang and will become the city's third-tallest building. If completed, it will become the tallest building in the world designed by a woman, passing Chicago's Aqua Tower.[16]

In January 11, 2016, Wanda Group acquired Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion. The acquisition of Legendary made Wanda Film Holdings the highest revenue-generating film company in the world.[17]

In May 2016, Wanda Group acquired Propaganda GEM. The Entertainment Marketing and product placement agency becomes part of Wanda Group's focus on entertainment but also Hollywood content.[18]

Wanda Group also owns 20% of Mtime.[19]

On July 13, 2016, Wanda Group is in talks to acquire a 49% stake of Paramount Pictures.[20]

Initial public offering[edit]

In December 2014, Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties, the group's property division, raised $3.7 billion in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange,[21] the "most money a real estate company has raised in the public markets".[9] The IPO made founder Wang Jianlin worth more than $25 billion, making him one of China's richest men.[5]

In 2016, the group sought to privatize Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties less than 18 months after the unit's listing on the stock exchange.[22] Standard & Poor was concerned that the move would weaken Wanda Commercial's transparency.[22]

Sports[edit]

On January 20, 2015, it was reported that Wang Jianlin was buying a 20% stake in the La Liga club Atlético Madrid.[23] The purchase was finalised March 31, 2015, when the company Wanda Madrid Investment, a subsidiary of Dalian Wanda Group, officially become a partial owner of Atlético Madrid after gaining control of 726.707 shares, representing a 20% ownership stake. The purchase price was €44,983,163.30, or €61.90 per share.[24]

In February 2015, Dalian Wanda won an auction to purchase Infront Sports & Media, a sports marketing company based in Zug, Switzerland, for $1.2 billion.[25][26] Infront distributes broadcasting rights for some of the world’s biggest sporting events; for example, it has the exclusive sales rights to broadcast FIFA's events from 2015 to 2022, including the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. According to Wang Jianlin, "the acquisition is expected to help boost sports in China and increase Wanda’s influence in global sports".[27]

In August 2015, Dalian Wanda announced that it was purchasing the World Triathlon Corporation, a US-based company promoting and licensing various triathlon competitions, for $650 million.[28]

In November 2015, it was announced that a sports division will include all sports-related assets.[15]

Operations[edit]

Wanda Group has its headquarters in the Wanda Plaza (Chinese: 万达广场) in Beijing's Chaoyang District, where it moved in 2009.[29] In May 2015, Dalian Wanda Group announced that it was in the process of relocating its corporate headquarters to Shanghai, which will become the third Chinese city to host the company's headquarters.[30]

As of June 16, 2014, Dalian Wanda owned 88 Wanda Plazas, 55 five-star hotels, 1,247 cinema screens, 78 department stores, and 84 karaoke centres throughout China.[31]

In 2013, the company’s assets totaled 380 billion yuan ($62.8 billion), its annual income reached 186.6 billion yuan ($30.8 billion) and net profits exceeded 12.5 billion yuan ($2.06 billion).

Sponsorships[edit]

Since 2011, Dalian Wanda has been the major sponsor of the Chinese Super League football league.[32] From 1994 to 2000, it was the primary sponsor for the Dalian Shide F.C. (then named Dalian Wanda F.C.), during which time the club won four titles in the Chinese top-tier Jia-A League.[33]

The "China's Future Football Stars" project, kicked off in 2013, is being funded by the Wanda Group with an initial phase-I investment of at least 200 million yuan (approximately $32.5 million), the biggest sponsorship in domestic youth sport development since 1949. The program will see 30 young footballers sent to Spain each year for a three-year training program that will consist of football training, as well as education in Spanish language and local culture.

On March 18, 2016, Wanda signed a deal with FIFA to provide sponsorship at the next four World Cup competitions, up until 2030. Although it is still unclear as to how much money has changed hands, and also which Wanda Subsidiaries will be appearing. This deal makes Wanda the first Chinese First-Tier FIFA Sponsor.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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