Lenovo to take over mobile phone joint venture

Lenovo bought out a joint venture partner's stake in a handset manufacturing operation for around US$8.9 million.

China's largest computer vendor on Wednesday said it agreed to buy out its joint venture partner's stake in Lenovo Mobile Communication Technology because of the handset manufacturer's strong performance this year and its improving market share.

Lenovo Group, the world's third largest computer vendor after Dell and Hewlett-Packard, said a wholly owned subsidiary will pay Xiamen Overseas Chinese Electronic Company approximately 72 million renminbi (US$8.9 million) for its 19.2 percent share of Lenovo Mobile.

Lenovo Mobile will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Lenovo Group after the transaction, Lenovo said in a statement to the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

The acquisition requires regulatory approval by Chinese authorities before it can be completed. Lenovo plans to make a further announcement on the status of the deal if it has not closed by Feb. 18 of next year, the company said.

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