Hong Kong bourse to take 7% stake in Guangzhou Futures Exchange

HONG KONG, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The Hong Kong stock exchange operator will invest 210 million yuan ($32.5 million) in the Guangzhou Futures Exchange (GFE), saying on Friday it was the first equity investment in a Chinese futures exchange by a non-mainland Chinese investor.

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) has in recent years looked to diversify away from cash equities into other products including derivatives, with mainland China linked products one focus.

HKEX said in a statement it will have a 7% stake in GFE.

The new exchange in Guangzhou, in southeastern China near Hong Kong, received approval from China’s markets regulator last month. ($1 = 6.4700 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Alun John; Editing by Alexander Smith)