Bohai Leasing’s $2.6 bln bid for Dublin-based Avolon confirms China’s desire to grow in aircraft rental. The $31-a-share offer is slightly below Bohai’s indicative bid a month ago. But rising interest rates and the falling yuan could have been reasons to drive a harder bargain.
The Chinese conglomerate’s bid for private bank BHF Kleinwort Benson comes with alluring logic and a reasonable premium. That might not be enough. Weak markets in China, and an apparent belief that Fosun will offer more, are pulling in opposite and unhelpful directions.
Insurer Anbang is no longer in line to acquire the bailed-out Portuguese bank. Yet given rival Chinese group Fosun remains in the race, Chineseness is unlikely to be the problem. Any buyer for Novo Banco needs to get comfortable with its uncertain capital and litigation bills.
A spike in U.S. real interest rates, triggered by a tiny yuan devaluation, roiled world markets. Even so, 20-year bond yields are still just 1 pct above inflation. If even this is too much for borrowers, the idea the global economy is running out of steam gains more credence.
Seventy years after World War Two, relations between Asia’s two biggest economies are in poor shape – as Beijing’s huge military parade shows. But trade, investment and tourism tell a different story. Japan’s economic success increasingly depends on China’s, and vice versa.
The finance minister has retracted a flawed plan to tax foreign fund managers’ past earnings. Jittery global markets may have hastened the truce. Settling similar disputes with Vodafone and Cairn would show the government is belatedly keeping its promise to end “tax terrorism”.
The advertising group is trying to list again in Shenzhen after a previous attempt in June fell through. But despite the stock market slump, Focus Media’s $7.2 bln valuation is unchanged. Other U.S.-listed companies eyeing a return to the mainland may need to be more realistic.