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AGRIBUSINESS | Tony Chua, Hong Kong

Chaoda plans to raise HK$2.76bln via bonds

Also aims to raise HK$1.16bln through sale of 154.84 million shares to expand production.

Chaoda Modern Agriculture (Holdings) plans to raise a total of $356 million (HK$2.76 billion) via issues of bonds, options and shares to expand existing and establish new production areas in China.

In a filing to the Hong Kong bourse late on Tuesday, the Chinese agricultural products producer said it would issue up to $200 million (HK$1.55 billion) in 3.7 percent secured guaranteed convertible bonds due 2015 and about $6 million (HK$46.61 million) worth of call options.

It also aims to raise $150 million (HK$1.16 billion) through the sale of 154.84 million shares at HK$7.53 each, or a 12.03 percent discount to the previous close, to substantial shareholder Kailey Investment Ltd.

Kailey's stake in Chaoda Modern will be diluted to 19.20 percent after the share sale from 20.13 percent.

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