Dalian Wanda sold major China ski resort in June: report

FILE PHOTO: A sign of Dalian Wanda Group in China glows during an event in Beijing, China March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Dalian Wanda Group sold one of China’s largest ski resorts to another conglomerate in June, online news website The Paper reported, although it did not give a deal value for the site billed by Wanda as a $3 billion investment project.

The report follows several large asset sales this year by the Wanda group, which is led by billionaire founder Wang Jianlin. Wanda and some other high-profile Chinese conglomerates have also had to scale back their ambitions in the wake of Beijing’s crackdown on large debt-fueled acquisitions overseas not seen as strategic.

Control of the Changbaishan International Resort in northern China was transferred to the Dalian Yifang Group on June 16, The Paper said in a Nov. 29 article citing the resort’s registry.

It added that Wanda retained the management and operational rights to the resort.

Wanda declined to comment. It has previously described the 21 square kilometer resort as a 20 billion yuan ($3 billion) investment project - its first tourism project and China’s largest ski resort.

A representative for Dalian Yifang's investment department was not immediately available for comment.Wanda announced plans this year to sell most of its tourism projects and hotels in China to Sunac China Holdings Ltd 1918.HK and Guangzhou R&F Properties Co Ltd 2777.HK for about $9 billion.

This week, the group's founder Wang agreed to buy a majority stake in Wanda Hotel Development Co 0169.HK for $470 million from Wanda Commercial Properties, a move that is expected to boost liquidity at the indebted property firm.

Dalian Yifang Group, chaired by Sun Xishuang, is a close business partner of Wanda in many onshore and offshore projects, according to The Paper.

($1 = 6.6153 Chinese yuan)

Reporting by Clare Jim; Editing by Edwina Gibbs