China Mengniu Dairy

China Mengniu Dairy Co (HK stock code: 2319) makes dairy products and ice cream in China, and is based in Inner Mongolia. It was founded in 1999 by Niu Gensheng, a former employee of Yili, another Inner Mongolian dairy group. In May 2013, a Danone Group joint venture said it would become a strategic investor in China Mengniu Dairy, with a stake of about four per cent.

Mengniu failed to acquire enough shares of its smaller rival to trigger a compulsory takeover, so must sell down part of its stake to maintain a required public float. Photo: Reuters

Temasek, Hopu among buyers of stake in Yashili from Mengniu

Singapore state investor Temasek and China-focused private equity firm Hopu were among five investors buying a US$213 million stake in Yashili International after parent China Mengniu Dairy sold down shares to meet Hong Kong listing requirements.