Mainland-backed Brilliance China Automotive Holdings is examining the possibility of injecting assets to turn around Whimsy Entertainment, a loss-making operator of indoor-games centres. Chairman Yang Rong said Brilliance China would consider acting in the middle of next year to ensure Whimsy returned to profitability in the financial year to March 2000. However, he would not elaborate on the methods to be considered, only stressing they were aimed at generating profit for Whimsy. Mr Yang said New York-listed Brilliance China did not have immediate plans to change the operations of 33.6 per cent-owned Whimsy. Nor did it have plans to increase its shareholding or to turn its shareholder loans into an equity stake. Brilliance China provided a shareholders' loan of $15 million to Whimsy to pay rent and meet other financial commitments after becoming the largest shareholder last month. Whimsy has 18 games centres in the SAR and seven in the mainland. Mr Yang said the company was looking to increase the number in the mainland and Hong Kong. He said the financing of Whimsy's investment might come in the form of shareholders' loans. 'Whimsy has passed its most difficult cycle, and is now entering a growth period,' he said. Brilliance China, which controls one of the mainland's largest minibus-makers, had not given up its plan to seek a dual listing in Hong Kong to ensure more active trading in its shares, Mr Yang said. However, the plan would only be launched after the regional financial turmoil was over, he said. Brokerages forecast Brilliance China would post about 50 per cent growth in sales of minibuses in the mainland to 30,000 units this year. After-tax profit was forecast to jump more than 50 per cent from last year's 172.4 million yuan. Mr Yang said the firm was aiming at sales of 37,000 to 40,000 units next year.