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CJ Cheiljedang to sell stake in Samsung affiliate via block deal

All News 09:50 July 12, 2017

SEOUL, July 12 (Yonhap) -- CJ Cheiljedang Corp., South Korea's leading maker of processed foods, said Wednesday it will sell all of its stake in Samsung's life insurer through block trading, as the company pushes to jack up investment.

The company said it will unload 2.98 million shares worth 357 billion won (US$311 million), or a 1.49 percent stake, in Samsung Life Insurance Co. on Friday. The selling price is a 3 percent discount from Tuesday's closing price.

The affiliate of the country's food and entertainment giant CJ Group said the move is aimed at improving its financial structure and financing its expansion.

The conglomerate has been making massive investment decisions following the group chief Lee Jay-hyun's return to management in May after a four-year hiatus. The business tycoon served a prison term for embezzlement and tax evasion, and was released in August last year on a special pardon granted by then-President Park Geun-hye.

Last month, the business group said it will invest $1.05 billion in building new facilities and expanding businesses in the United States in the next five years.

This file photo taken on Nov. 8, 2016, shows the country's food and entertainment giant CJ's headquarters in central Seoul. (Yonhap)


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