FANHUA To Exchange Its 4.5% Stake in Puyi for 15.4% Stake in Puyi’s Wholly-owned Fund Sales Company
GUANGZHOU, China, Dec. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FANHUA Inc. (NASDAQ: FANH) (“FANHUA,” or the “Company”), a leading independent financial services provider in China, today announced that it entered into a share repurchase agreement with Puyi Inc. (Nasdaq: PUYI) (“Puyi”) on December 22, 2023, pursuant to which FANHUA agreed to transfer all of its 4.46% equity interests in Puyi, or 4,033,600 ordinary shares of Puyi, back to Puyi. Concurrently, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FANHUA entered into a share transfer agreement with Puyi to acquire 15.41% equity interests in FANHUA Puyi Fund Sales Co., Ltd. (“Puyi Fund”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Puyi, in exchange of the aforementioned 4,033,600 ordinary shares of Puyi acquired by Puyi and an additional cash consideration of approximately RMB10.5 million. The transactions are expected to be completed before December 31, 2023, subject to customary closing conditions.
Upon completion of the transactions, FANHUA will cease to directly hold any equity interest in Puyi. The Company anticipates that the transactions will streamline its ownership structure in Puyi.
About Puyi Fund
Puyi Fund is a leading independent fund product distributor in China and holds a license for the distribution of fund products issued by the China Securities Regulatory Commission. It was established in 2010 as a joint venture between Puyi’s affiliate and FANHUA’s affiliate. FANHUA initially beneficially owned 19.5% equity interests in Puyi Fund, which was later diluted to 15.4%. In 2018, as part of Puyi’s corporate restructuring prior to its initial public offering, FANHUA exchanged its 15.41% equity interests in Puyi Fund for 4,033,600 ordinary shares of Puyi.
About Puyi Inc.
Established in 2010 and listed on Nasdaq in 2019, Puyi Inc. (“Puyi”) is a comprehensive financial technology service group based on family financial asset allocation. It focuses on providing personalized wealth management services for emerging middle-class and affluent families, comprehensive support services for financial planners, and diversified financial services for institutional clients.
Puyi holds licenses for both securities and futures business and fund distribution. The Company has developed an industry-leading digital technology platform, connecting with over 100 fund companies nationwide, which supports end-to-end fund transactions for over 1,500 fund products offered by, as well as proprietary fund portfolio investment. Additionally, Puyi offers a comprehensive service ecosystem tailored for high-net-worth clients, including trust, tax, legal advisory services, as well as overseas asset allocation and education.
Established in 1998, FANHUA is a leading comprehensive financial services provider in China, driven by digital technology and professional expertise, with a focus on delivering family asset allocation services throughout the entire lifecycle for individual clients, while also providing a one-stop support platform for individual agents and sales organizations.
As of September 30, 2023, the Company's offline sales service network spans 31 provinces in China, comprising 673 sales service outlets, 91,098 agents, and more than 2,215 claims adjustors. Through proprietary technological tools such as “Lan Zhanggui”, “Fanhua Policy Custody System”, and “RONS DOP”, the Company is dedicated to supporting agents in providing convenient services to clients through technological means.
With an integrated online and offline approach, the Company has provided services to more than 12 million individual clients. For the nine months ended September 30, 2023, FANHUA facilitated RMB12.4 billion gross written premiums, with its net revenues reaching RMB2.6 billion, net income attributable to shareholders of RMB307.7 million and total assets of RMB4.0 billion.
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