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Solarfun announces completion of strategic investment from Hanwha Chemical

Solarfun Power Holdings Co., Ltd., a vertically integrated manufacturer of silicon ingots, wafers and photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules in China, announced the closing of Hanwha Chemical Corporations strategic investment in Solarfun.

According to the terms of the agreement, Hanwha Chemical purchased 36,455,089 ordinary shares from Solarfun at a price of RMB14.51 (US$2.144) per ordinary share, which corresponds to a price of US$10.72 per American Depositary Share (ADS). The total proceeds to Solarfun amounted to approximately US$78 million, which Solarfun currently expect to use to fund its expansion plans and for general corporate purposes. Hanwha Chemical (009830.KS) is a leading global chemical company headquartered in Korea.

In addition, Hanwha Chemical has completed the acquisitions from Good Energies II LP (Good Energies) and Yonghua Solar Power Investment Holding Ltd. (Yonghua) of a total of 120,407,700 Solarfun ordinary shares and 1,281,011 Solarfun ADSs, representing all of the ordinary shares and ADSs held by them. Immediately after the closing of the purchase of ordinary shares and ADSs from the company, Good Energies and Yonghua, Hanwha Chemical owned approximately a 49.99% interest in Solarfun.

In connection with the transaction, Hanwha Chemical and Solarfun entered into a shareholders agreement that provides for, among other things, certain governance rights for Hanwha Chemical, including board representation, consent rights and registration rights, and certain obligations of Hanwha Chemical, including transfer restrictions and standstill arrangements. As a result, effective September 16, 2010, Yonghua Lu and John Breckenridge resigned as directors and Terry McCarthy and Professor Rongqiang Cui resigned as independent directors of Solarfun. On the same date, three designees from Hanwha Chemical, Ki-Joon Hong, Dong Kwan Kim and Wook Jin Yoon, were appointed as directors of Solarfun.

Ki-Joon Hong is the CEO of Hanwha Chemical Corporation. Prior to his current position, Ki-Joon was the CEO of Hanwhas pharmaceutical and refinery businesses. Under his leadership, Hanwha Chemical entered into solar energy and secondary battery businesses and also actively expanded its overseas operations, forming a joint venture in Saudi Arabia and building a PVC factory in Ningbo, Zhejiang. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Seoul National University.

Dong Kwan Kim is the Managing Director, Corporate Strategy of Hanwha Corporation. His responsibilities include formulation and execution of the Hanwha Groups solar strategy across the entire value chain from polysilicon to downstream operations. Dong Kwan brings extensive leadership and strategic development experience to Hanwha with his background as an officer in the Republic of Korea Air Force. He received a B.A. in Government from Harvard University.

Wook Jin Yoon is the Director of the investment management team at the Management & Planning headquarters of Hanwha Group. Before assuming his current responsibility, he was the president of Hanwha Investment & Trust Company. He graduated from Seoul National University with a B.A. in Economics.

 

 

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