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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Australian cinema chain Hoyts sold to Chinese investor Sun Xishuang, (NYSE: UBS)

Australia's Hoyts Group said on Tuesday it has been sold by its private equity owner Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) to an investment vehicle set up by Chinese entrepreneur Sun Xishuang.Hoyts, Australia's second-biggest cinema operator by number of screens, said the billionaire chairman and large shareholder of Chinese property group Dalian Yifang bought Hoyts through his company ID Leisure, based in the British Virgin Islands. Financial terms of the sale weren't disclosed.The sale ends a busy year of exits for PEP, Australia's largest private equity firm, as it has seized on appetite for businesses seen as benefiting from the country's record low interest rates, low unemployment and relatively buoyant equity market.PEP had engaged investment bank UBS AG to run a dual-track sale process for the 450-screen chain throughout 2014 including the possibility of an initial public offering that sources close to the process said would seek to raise about A$900 million ($731 million).

Shares of UBS traded higher by 0.86% or $0.15/share to $17.53. In the past year, the shares have traded as low as $15.04 and as high as $21.50. On average, 2306490 shares of UBS exchange hands on a given day and today's volume is recorded at 701889.