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Grand Group Investment PLC
Receiving Dividend From Investee Company

19 November 2015

Receiving Dividend From Investee Company

Grand Group Investment PLC (AIM:GIPO), a provider of expansion capital and value added services to China-based SMEs with high growth potential, is pleased to announce that it has received the cash dividend from investee company Victory Education Investment Limited ("Victory") following the declaration a special dividend to its shareholders announced 19 October 2015.  The Company has a 33% equity interest in Victory.  The total gross amount of cash dividend received by the Company is RMB 19.8 million (approximately GBP2.0 million).

The funds received will be used by the Company for general working capital purposes, and to make further investments.

 

For further information:

Grand Group Investment PLC  
James Newman, Non-Executive Chairman Tel: +86 510 8329 1718
  www.grandgroupplc.com
ZAI Corporate Finance Limited  
Ray Zimmerman / Ivy Wang (Nomad) Tel: +44 (0) 20 7060 2220
Steven Baird (Broker) www.zaicf.com

 

Notes to editors

About Grand Group

The Grand Group was founded in 2014 by Yang Xiao and other founding shareholders.  The Company has been established for the purpose of identifying, acquiring and investing in small to medium-sized companies with high growth potential, principally operating in the People's Republic of China ("PRC").

Grand is a late stage incubator which focusses on investing in established businesses with either technology or intellectual property which the Board believes will benefit from Grand's university research resources.

Partnerships

The TKK Society has fostered and maintained a broad network of contacts with individuals at local and international higher education institutions, including: Jiangnan University; Xiamen University; Jimei University; NanYang Technological University (China); University of California Berkeley (Tan Kah Kee Hall); National University of Singapore; University of Hong Kong; Oxford Brookes University; Keuka College (New York State); and the University of Greenwich.

Amongst these universities, Grand has already established effective relationships with Jiangnan University and Jimei University for its current projects and the Directors believe that similar relationships can be developed with other universities.

Investments - Victory

Victory produces vocational training software, and most importantly training videos for basic blue collar jobs, primarily in the metal working (known in China as the "metallurgy") sector.  Victory works in a field which represents one of the fundamental social problems in the PRC today: that of unskilled labour migration from the countryside to urban areas.

Upon completion of the pre-IPO reorganisation, Grand acquired 33% of Victory from Shenzhen Grand, which had previously made an investment of RMB 196 million in cash into Victory.  As at 30 June 2015, in the interim accounts published on 29 September 2015, the fair value of the Company's investment in Victory has been revalued by RMB284 million to RMB480 million.  The Directors understand Victory is targeting a flotation within the next two years.

Investments - WuXi Jin Xun Tong Technology Limited

WuXi Jin Xun Tong Technology Limited ("JXT") is an online learning solutions provider to China's urban and rural vocational education industry that was incorporated in 2010 in WuXi City, China.  It operates an integrated online training website Gong Yuan Wang (http://www.gongyuannet.com/), which provides online training video courses for industrial workers.  Gong Yuan Wang has developed an advanced data centre that is supported by one of China Telecom's three five-star internet data centres. This advanced dedicated line for connectivity ensures the stability of the system, speed of the website and security of the data.  The website currently has approximately four million registered members, of which approximately two million are paying members who have already paid total membership fees of approximately RMB 200 million.

Grand made a cash investment of RMB 20million (approximately GBP 2.16 million) for a 15 per cent shareholding in JXT.  As at 30 June 2015, the fair value of the Company's investment in JXT remains RMB20 million.

For further information, please visit www.grandgroupplc.com.

 

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