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Fund Established Through Partnership With Sequoia China and Noah
Expected to be China's First Fund Dedicated Exclusively to Film and Television
BEIJING, Aug. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bona Film Group Limited ("Bona" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:BONA), a leading film distributor and vertically integrated film company in China, today announced that it has launched Wuhu Bona Jinyu Film Investment Center (the "Fund"), an RMB 1.0 billion (approximately US$163.4 million) fund that will finance the development and production of Bona's film and TV projects over the next two years.
The fund is established and managed by Wuhu Bona Film Investment Management Limited, a newly formed limited liability company whose shareholders include Bona, Sequoia Capital Investment Advisory (Tianjin) LLC ("Sequoia") and Gopher Asset Management Co., Ltd. ("Gopher"), a division of Noah Holdings Limited (NYSE:NOAH). Bona holds an equity stake in the Fund of approximately 30%, representing the commitment of investment rights in current and future projects, with approximately 70% of the Fund owned by outside investors.
"We are extremely proud to be a part of the Fund, which is the first of its kind in the history of Chinese film and a significant milestone not only for Bona, but for our industry. Investor reaction to this concept during the fundraising process has been extremely positive, and resulted in the Fund not only meeting its target investment level, but a sizable oversubscription. The enthusiasm we have seen from seasoned investment professionals speaks to the value of the Bona name in the industry, as well as the strength of our film pipeline and our position as one of China's leading non state-owned film companies. We believe that there is a significant unmet demand for vehicles such as the Fund, which will allow investors to participate more directly in the growth of China's burgeoning film industry, and we plan to explore opportunities to further develop additional financing entities following the launch of the Fund," said Bona's founder, Chairman and CEO, Mr. Yu Dong. "Chinese cinema is in the midst of a period of tremendous growth, with total box office revenues in the first half of 2013 increasing 35% over the same period of last year. With rapid growth in theaters nationwide as a result of the ongoing urbanization movement and increasing availability of disposable income associated with the rise of China's middle class, we believe that China is poised to build upon its recently attained status as the world's second largest film market in the coming years. This new fund will help Bona further expand its competitive advantages in film investment and production as we continue to strengthen our capabilities in the areas of distribution and exhibition."