BEIJING, March 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bona Film Group Limited (Nasdaq:BONA) ("Bona" or the "Company"), a leading film distributor and vertically integrated film company in China, today announced that it has established its second film fund of RMB 1.7 billion (the "Fund"). The Fund's launch is expected to commence on March 6, 2015, and will finance the development and production of Bona's film and TV projects over the next two to three years, including Chinese language films and foreign language films.
"Less than two years after the launch of our first dedicated film investment fund, the first of its kind in our industry, we are delighted to form our second Fund," said Bona's founder, Chairman and CEO, Mr. Yu Dong. "We raised significantly more proceeds for our second Fund than our first fund, due largely to the success of our first fund, as well as our investors' desire to participate directly in the China film and entertainment industry. The response from investors was very enthusiastic, and we have secured full capital commitments to the Fund. The participation we have seen underscores the confidence investors have in our capabilities to develop and produce high quality film and TV projects, along with the strong fundamentals and growth of the China movie market."
"With Bona's industry leadership as one of China's leading non state-owned film companies, and an established track record of producing blockbuster films, we are excited to offer investors the opportunity to participate in our film pipeline. At the same time, the Fund allows us to increase our production capabilities and capacities, while reducing the risks and challenges associated with financing individual films," added Mr. Yu. "This will enable us to continue to focus our internal capital toward enhancing our distribution and theater segments, two key growth drivers for Bona's future development."
Use of Proceeds for the Fund
Projects financed by the Fund are expected to include theatrical releases and television series, and will include both Bona-produced films as well as films developed through co-productions such as those previously announced with Fox International Productions, Universal Pictures and Working Title Films. Where applicable, Bona will manage domestic and international distribution of all films in which the Fund invests. Proceeds from the Fund will be distributed to investors based on their initial investment in the Fund, as well as the Fund's internal rate of return.
About Bona Film Group Limited
Bona Film Group Limited (Nasdaq:BONA) is a leading film distributor in China, with an integrated business model encompassing film distribution, film production, film exhibition and talent representation. Bona distributes films to Greater China, Korea, Southeast Asia, the United States and Europe, invests and produces movies in a variety of genres, owns and operates twenty-six movie theaters and manages a range of talented and popular Chinese artists.
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