EXCLUSIVE-State investors plan to take private HK-listed BMW China partner Brilliance, sources say

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, Sept 24 (Reuters) - State-backed investors are considering taking BMW’s main Chinese joint-venture partner Brilliance private, five people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, in the latest such deal targeting beaten down Hong Kong-listed stocks.

The take-private of Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd , with a current market value of $4.6 billion, would be led by state-controlled Liaoning Provincial Transportation Investment Group which already owns 12% of Brilliance, said the people.

The privatisation would attract other Chinese state-backed investors and could kick off as soon as the fourth quarter of the year, said two of the people.

Brilliance’s parent Huachen Automotive Group said it had not obtained any relevant information about the Transportation Investment Group considering leading the take-private of Brilliance.

Brilliance, Liaoning Transportation Investment Group, the provincial state asset regulator and BMW did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Based in Shenyang city of northeastern Liaoning province, Brilliance is 30% owned by parent Huachen Group, which is majority-owned by the provincial state asset regulator.

Reporting by Julie Zhu in Hong Kong and Yilei Sun in Beijing; Editing by Sumeet Chatterjee and Stephen Coates