China | China's Dalian Wanda gears up to join Fortune 500

China’s Dalian Wanda gears up to join Fortune 500

July 20, 2016 8:07 AM (UTC+8)

 

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Dalian Wanda Group said revenue from its cultural division will triple to 150 billion yuan by 2020 as the property developer continues its investments in film, entertainment and sports.

The Beijing-based conglomerate said it is expected to be included in the Fortune Global 500 list later on Wednesday.

Wanda, controlled by Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin, expects services to comprise two-thirds of revenue and net income by 2017, up from about 40 percent last year, the company also said in a statement.

Wang Jianlin, chairman of Dalian Wanda Group, speaks during a news conference in Beijing, China, July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Sue-Lin Wong
Wang Jianlin, chairman of Dalian Wanda Group, speaks during a news conference in Beijing, China, July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Sue-Lin Wong

Wanda this month reported its first-half revenue increased 10.6 percent to 119.9 billion yuan, led by 57 percent growth in its cultural division. The group doesn’t provide details on profits.

For 2015, Wanda reported revenue of 290.16 billion yuan, including 190.45 billion yuan from real estate and 51.3 billion yuan from its culture unit.

Wanda is making high-profile offshore acquisitions to bolster its cultural unit, including the purchase of Hollywood studio Legendary Entertainment, sports marketing firm Infront Sports & Media AG, and Ironman franchise owner World Triathlon Corp.

Earlier this month, AMC Entertainment Holdings, the U.S.-based movie theatre chain that Wanda bought in 2012, agreed to buy Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group for $1.2 billion.

Wanda earlier set 2020 targets, stating that company assets would reach $200 billion, with revenue of $100 billion and net profits of $10 billion.

Wanda controls most of its commercial real estate assets through Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties and its domestic motion picture houses through Wanda Cinema Line Corp.

(Reporting By Matthew Miller; Editing by Ryan Woo)

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