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The two companies already work together in a Chinese joint venture

Chinese car maker BAIC has acquired a 5% share in Mercedes’ parent company, Daimler, a move welcomed by new Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius.

The stakes helps secure BAIC’s investment in the Chinese Mercedes-Benz manufacturing company Beijing Benz Automotive, a joint venture between the two firms.

It was first reported earlier this year that BAIC was acquiring Daimler shares on the open market. Now it has amassed 5%, the Chinese company announced today. German takeover rules mean that any stake above 3% must be disclosed.

The stake comprises 2.48% of direct shareholdings and a right to acquire additional voting rights equal to 2.52% of Daimler share capital.

"BAIC and Daimler have been successfully cooperating for more than a decade and our partnership is built on trust and mutual benefits," said Heyi Xu, chairman of BAIC. "It has been our intention to strengthen our alliance with Daimler through an investment. This step reinforces our alignment with, and strong support for, Daimler's management and strategy.

"We see our joint partnership as an excellent example of Sino-German collaboration and a model for the cooperation between companies of our countries. We look forward to continuing our successful cooperation," he added.

In 2013, Daimler invested in BAIC Motor, the Hong Kong-listed subsidiary of BAIC, where the German brand is also represented on the board. Daimler now owns 9.55% of shares in BAIC Motor.

This move means that the two companies will be on more of an equal footing than previously.

Given Daimler and BAIC’s joint venture, which sold 485,000 vehicles in 2018, BAIC will also be reassured it now holds some power, as rival Chinese car maker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, better known as Geely, built a 9.69% stake in Daimler last year. In doing so, it became the firm’s largest stakeholder.

This new stake from BAIC, plus the 6.8% stake of Kuwait, previously the firm’s biggest shareholder, means their collective power now outweighs Geely’s.

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Roadster 23 July 2019

Will JLR become Chinese owned eventually?

I've always wondered if Tata do sell JLR, that a Chinese firm will snap them up rather than Renault that has been mooted many times during the past few months. Especially as Cherry already have a joint venture with JLR.

lambo58 23 July 2019

As predicted,

As predicted,

The Chinese are taking over one little piece at a time.