Taxi financing company and restaurant operator Winton Holdings is seeking to dispose of its entire restaurant business within the next six months, having already sold two Mongkok restaurants in late January. The sale is in compliance with Hong Kong Monetary Authority rules after finance company JCG Holdings took over Winton last year. Winton chief executive officer Bernard Ong Hong-hoon said the company was negotiating with several parties to sell its 50 per cent stakes in five restaurants jointly operated with property developer Hang Lung Group. He refused to comment on whether Hang Lung Group was interested in acquiring the businesses from Winton. 'We are exploring all possibilities to dispose of the restaurants,' he said. Mr Ong said Winton had prepared for severance payments to be paid to staff - estimated at about $30 million. 'There is a provision for severance pay but the impact will be minimal,' he said. After the restructuring, Winton will strengthen its taxi financing business, which accounts for 60 per cent of total turnover. Winton chief financial officer Tam Sin-kei said the outlook for taxi financing was optimistic with licences increasing in value from $1 million to more than $3 million in the past four years.