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Kandi Technologies Announces Equity Restructuring of the JV Company
2019-3-25 15:40:30  (Page Views:225)
JINHUA, CHINA-- (March 25, 2019) - Kandi Technologies Group, Inc. (the “Company,” “we” or “Kandi”) (NASDAQ GS: KNDI), announced today that Kandi’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Zhejiang Kandi Vehicles Co., Ltd. ("Kandi Vehicles") signed an Equity Transfer Agreement (the “Transfer Agreement”) on March 21, 2019 with Geely Technologies Group Co., Ltd. (“Geely”) to transfer certain equity interests in the Kandi Electric Vehicles Group Co., Ltd ( the “JV Company”) to Geely. Given Geely’s competitive strength and recognition in the global automotive industry, this deal could help significantly accelerate the growth of the JV Company. Pursuant to the Transfer Agreement, the parties have agreed to some of the key terms below:

       1) The JV Company agrees to convert a loan of RMB 314 million (approximately USD 46.7 million*) from Geely Group last year to equity in order to increase its cash flow. As a result, the registered capital of the JV Company shall become RMB 2.44 billion (approximately USD 363.2 million*) Kandi Vehicles shall own 43.47% and Geely shall own 56.53%, of the equity interests in the JV Company, respectively, upon the conversion of the loan into equity in the JV Company;
       2) Kandi Vehicles agrees to sell 21.47% of its equity interests in the JV Company to Geely for a total amount of RMB 516 million (approximately USD 76.9 million*). Kandi Vehicles shall own 22% of the equity interests of the JV Company after the transfer;
       3) Both parties further agreed that within next two years, Kandi may purchase a portion of the assets of the JV Company in the form of its shares, resulting in Geely becoming a significant shareholder of the Company.

Mr. Hu Xiaoming, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kandi, commented, “Geely’s becoming the main shareholder within the JV Company is a fantastic move. This helps show the development of Kandi into a prominent company. First, having Geely become the controlling shareholder of the JV Company will allow for stronger financial support from the local government. Second, The JV Company will be able to utilize Geely’ resources to quickly grow its EV business. Third, the transaction will help Kandi Vehicles increase its cash flow by having an additional RMB 500 million. Although Kandi Vehicles’ equity interest percentage in the JV Company has reduced after the equity restructuring, we believe that the profit of the JV Company in the future will far exceed the original 50% equity, further heightening the potential value ceiling for shareholders. More importantly, if Geely becomes a significant shareholder of Kandi Technologies Group through share conversion within two years, it will be another milestone for Kandi’s development.”

 
*Note: All of the currency conversions from RMB to USD referred to in this press release are based on the exchange rate of 1RMB = 0.15USD, published by www.xe.com on the date before the release of this press release.
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