KKR to buy majority stake in NVC’s China lighting business for $794m

FILE PHOTO: Trading information for KKR & Co is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., August 23, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

KKR & Co. said it will pay NVC Lighting Holding Ltd. $794 million for a majority stake in its China lighting business.

The companies said in a statement they will set up a strategic partnership for the business. Once completed, KKR will own 70% of NVC China and NVC Lighting will hold the remaining 30%.

NVC Lighting said it will pay a special dividend of at least 9 Hong Kong cents ($0.01) a share after the deal closes, which is expected in the fourth quarter.

KKR said the investment is from its flagship Asian Fund III and that it’s invested more than $4.5 billion in China since 2007.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Fangda Partners and Kirkland & Ellis acted as legal advisers to KKR. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer acted as legal adviser and Deloitte & Touche acted as financial adviser to NVC Lighting.