Visitors and exhibitors network at the Tencent booth during the Sportel Asia Conference on March 15, 2016 in Singapore.
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Tencent had flagged that it would form a consortium with co-investors for the $8.6 billion deal.

By Reuters
October 17, 2016

Tencent Holdings said a consortium formed to buy game developer Supercell has raised $850 million by selling new shares to investors including Chinese state-owned investment firms AVIC Capital and CITIC Capital.

Tencent tcehy , China’s biggest gaming group agreed in June to buy the ‘Clash of the Clans’ mobile game maker from Japan’s Softbank Group sftby for about $8.6 billion but had flagged it would form a consortium with co-investors.

After the share sale, co-investors, which also include China CITIC Bank Corp chbjf and bad debt manager China Cinda Asset Management, will own 50% of the consortium.

The cash raised from the new investors will be used to partly fund the Supercell acquisition, which Tencent now expects to complete on or around Oct. 27.

 

The deal is being mainly financed with bank loans. Tencent has received commitments of over $1.8 billion from 12-13 banks for a $3.5 billion loan to fund the acquisition, Thomson Reuters publication IFR reported this month.

Following the acquisition, the consortium will indirectly hold 76.9% of Supercell.

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