Katrina Hamlin is a columnist and production editor based in Hong Kong. She writes on topics including environmental policy, cleantech and green finance, and also covers the gambling industry in Macau and Asia. Before joining Reuters in 2012, Katrina was deputy managing editor of Shanghai Business Review magazine. She graduated from the University of Oxford with an MA in Classics, and earned a Masters of Journalism with distinction from the University of Hong Kong.
WH Group, $11 bln owner of U.S.-based Smithfield, is fighting a losing battle on two fronts. Deadly swine fever is sweeping China, while tariffs hammer its American market. Quarterly earnings fell by almost a third from a year earlier. It will get worse before it gets better.
Hanergy Mobile Energy wants to buy out Hong Kong-listed Hanergy Thin Film at a $27 bln value and take it public in mainland China. The same man behind the mess that has left the target’s shares frozen for years controls the parent. It hardly makes these market structures shine.
Macau-based Studio City, part of Lawrence Ho’s $9 bln gambling empire, made a stellar New York debut with a 24 pct pop. The listing provides some needed capital and could help existing minority investors eventually stage an exit. It also features Melco’s costly complex structure.