Chinese developer Sunac sells $530 mln American depositary shares of KE Holdings

Sunac China Holdings Ltd logo is seen during a exhibition in Hangzhou
Sunac China Holdings Ltd logo is seen during a exhibition in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, May 25, 2015. . China Daily/via REUTERS

HONG KONG, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Sunac China Holdings Ltd (1918.HK) said on Wednesday it had sold $530 million worth of American depositary shares (ADS) of Chinese housing transactions and services platform KE Holdings Inc (BEKE.N) for raising working capital.

The Chinese property developer had sold an aggregate 26.71 million ADS of KE Holdings, equivalent to 80.14 million KE Holdings Class A ordinary shares, in the open market between Oct. 29 and Dec. 7, it said in a filing to the Hong Kong bourse.

Sunac China, with market value of HK$77.65 billion ($9.96 billion), said it had sold an aggregate 45.35 million ADS of KE Holdings for $1.084 billion between June 1 and Dec. 7.

"The disposals, realising its financial investment as scheduled, are conducive to the group in focusing on the development of its main business and further optimising the asset structure of the group," Sunac Chairman Sun Hongbin said.

The developer said it expected to record a loss before taxation of 5.63 billion yuan ($884.58 million) from the latest disposal in 2021.

Sunac China has invested in KE Holdings for more than four years and it is optimistic about the future development of the integrated online and offline housing platform. It gave no details on its holding after the disposal.

($1 = 7.7991 Hong Kong dollars)

($1 = 6.3646 Chinese yuan renminbi)

Reporting by Donny Kwok; Editing by Rashmi Aich

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