On 17 January, Sentury said it will adjust its financing plan through the stock market and specifically non-public offering of shares. After the adjustment, the tyre manufacturer will obtain no more than 2.8 billion yuan (about £330 million; 380 million euros), which is far lower than the 4 billion yuan (about £480 million; 540 million euros) proposed in the previous plan.
Trelleborg Wheel Systems will soon have a new owner, but not as soon as first announced. The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. now anticipates completing its acquisition of all outstanding shares in Wheel Systems Holding AB in the first half of 2023, rather than during the originally planned second half of 2022. Narrowing this timeframe further, Trelleborg Group says its divestment of the business is “likely in the first months of the year.”
Recently, China’s largest tyre manufacturer Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber (ZC Rubber) has taken an important step in the stock market listing process: The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) received the IPO application of ZC Rubber. Next, CSRC will review the materials submitted by ZC Rubber. If it passes the audit, ZC Rubber will become a listed company.
On 14 October, Guizhou Tyre (also known as Advance Tyre) answered several questions from investors during an online T&A. Tyrepress has analysed the questions and presents a selection of Guizhou Tyre’s answers here.
The China Securities Regulatory Commission reviewed and approved Sailun’s convertible bond public issuance application on 13 September. The tyre company plans to raise about 2 billion yuan (about 250.2 million pounds, 286.3 million euros), mainly for constructing two factories in Vietnam and Cambodia. Sailun said that investing in two overseas factories could further expand its tyre production capacity overseas and increase its manufacturing scale and market share.
A job well done may be its own reward, but sharing the resulting profits benefits both employee and employer. This seems to be a principle that Michelin understands well, as the tyre maker has announced its ‘Bib’Action’ employee share ownership plan. Open to 120,000 members of its workforce, Michelin says this latest initiative illustrates its determination to “have its employees collectively rank among its main shareholders.”
On 12 August, Jiangsu General stated that it would issue shares on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in a non-public funding initiative. The stock issuance plan shows that Jiangsu General is prepared to issue shares to no more than 35 specific investors. The number of shares to be issued shall not exceed 386,578,320 units, which is 30 per cent of Jiangsu General’s total share capital before the issuance of shares. The total amount of funds raised does not exceed 1.018 billion yuan (£124.42 million, 147.15 million euros). It is reported that HOdo Group, the controlling shareholder of Jiangsu General, plans to subscribe for shares in cash, with a subscription amount of not less than 30 million yuan (£3.67 million, 4.34 million euros) and not more than 200 million yuan (£24.45 million, 28.91 million euros).
Macrolink Group, a significant shareholder of Sailun, recently received a civil ruling from the court in Beijing. The document shows that the court has accepted the reorganisation application filed by Hunan Fortune Group against Macrolink Group. It is reported that the cause of this incident was that Macrolink Group failed to pay off its due debts, and Hunan Fortune Group was the creditor.
Bridgestone sales revenues shot up 24.9 per cent to 1,886 billion yen (£11.632 billion; 13.764 billion euros) in the first half of 2022. However, Bridgestone’s continuing operations figures also show that operating profit dropped 1.4 per cent to 173 billion yen, resulting in 117 billion yen of profit attributable to owners (down 10.5 per cent compared with the same period in 2022). As a result, Bridgestone revised up its full-year revenue forecasts, but revised down its comparable full-year earnings per share estimates by 10 per cent from 397.58 yen per share to 357.93 yen per share.
On 4 August 2022, Aeolus announced it was ready to sign a supplementary agreement with China National Tyre & Rubber Co., Ltd (CNRC). Through that agreement, CNRC has entrusted Aeolus with a 38 per cent stake in Prometeon Tyre Group S.r.l. (PTG).
China’s largest tyre manufacturer, ZC Rubber, plans to list on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and has entered the pre-listing tutoring stage. Recently, Hangcha Group, one of the principal shareholders of ZC Rubber, confirmed the news. The institution that conducted ZC Rubber’s pre-listing tutoring is China Securities.
Shareholders at the Annual Meeting of Compagnie Générale des Établissements Michelin on 13 May voted in favour of splitting the par value of the Michelin share into four. Michelin explains that this decision is linked to the 66 per cent rise in the share price between 31 December 2018 (€86.70) and 31 December 2021 (€144.15).
Tyrepress has learned from people familiar with the matter that the shareholding of Shandong Yongsheng Rubber Group Co., Ltd. has changed recently. After the equity change, Tian Xiuzhen held 50 per cent and became the group’s major shareholder. Liu Zijun and Liu Huiqin each own 25 per cent of the shares.