Stake in China HP up for sale

A 30% stake in HP’s Chinese operations is up for sale to the highest bidder as the company's Chinese partner looks to sell its shares.

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A 30% stake in HP’s Chinese operations is up for sale to the highest bidder as the company's Chinese partner looks to sell its shares.

In a filing with the China Beijing Equity Exchange, state owned China Electronics Import & Export (CEIEC) invited bids for its stake in China HP and set a minimum price of 967m yuan (£68m).

CEIEC will accept bids until 2 February from qualified Chinese companies. Offers from financial institutions or hedge funds will not be considered, it said.

HP had little to say in response to CEIEC's offer, but reaffirmed the importance of China HP to its overall business.

"China is a critically important market to HP and continues to hold tremendous opportunities for our business. Whilst we do not comment on our financial or operational plans in the future, HP will ensure its business operations remain unaffected," wrote a company spokeswoman.

China HP was founded in 1985 as a joint venture between HP and CEIEC. Over the years, the joint venture has been successful and China HP is a major player in key local markets, such as PCs and servers.

Joint ventures are a common way of doing business in China, with foreign companies tapping the experience and connections of a local partner.

In the best situations, these partnerships can help the foreign company build and grow its business in China faster than would otherwise be possible.

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