September 19, 2018 / 5:34 AM / 8 months ago

HNA explores sale of newly acquired CWT logistics unit -sources

HONG KONG, Sept 19 (Reuters) - China’s HNA Group is in talks with banks to find a buyer for its CWT logistics firm just nine months after acquiring the Singaporean company in a $1 billion deal, six people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The sale, if completed, would be the latest in a series of divestments aimed at slashing debt at the aviation-to-financial services conglomerate that is restructuring its far-flung operations.

The asset divestment drive follows HNA’s $50 billion worth of deal-making over the past few years, including hotels in the United States and a stake in Deutsche Bank, that has sparked intense scrutiny.

For CWT, HNA is targeting a non-Chinese buyer, three of the people said. Another person familiar with the matter said only a part of CWT would be put up for sale.

The sources declined to be named as HNA’s talks with investment banks on finding a buyer were confidential.

A spokeswoman for HNA, which completed its $1.04 billion acquisition of CWT in December last year via a wholly owned subsidiary, declined to comment. (Reporting by Kane Wu, Julie Zhu, Sumeet Chatterjee in Hong Kong, and Anshuman Daga in Singapore Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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