Blues’ final match of 2018 finished in a dour draw yesterday to bring what has most things considered been a successful year for the club. The turn of a new year is a time for reflection on what has passed and thoughts for the future, and in that vein I thought I would share mine.
Birmingham Sports Holdings today announced to the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong that Trillion Trophy Asia have extended a HK$250million loan facility for a further two years. The loan was due to elapse on December 21, 2018 but both parties have agreed to extend the facility and its loan repayment period.
On Monday Birmingham International Holdings finally announced to the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong details of their delayed EGM to approve the second part of a investment deal into Cambodian property. If approved by shareholders, the deal will see another 832million shares in the company created and reinstate Vong Pech as second largest shareholder in the company.
Over the last ten months I have written an occasional series about “Mr King” aka Wang Yaohui. I’ve written about his past and his connections with various entities who have loaned money and gained stock in Birmingham Sports Holdings. In this article, I’m exploring what Wang has been up to of late and his connections to Cambodia.
Birmingham Sports Holdings yesterday made an announcement to the stock exchange warning that there would be a substantial increase in the loss suffered by the company for the year ending June 30, 2018. The poor results are blamed on the increase in spending on player registrations and staff costs.
The two-year anniversary of the takeover of Birmingham Sports Holdings by Paul Suen Cho Hung’s Trillion Trophy Asia vehicle approaches in October. With it being public knowledge that Suen could not sell his stake in BSH within two years, will this anniversary herald a change of owner?
Previously on almajir.net I’ve written about a group of large shareholders in Birmingham Sports Holdings I’ve termed “The Faceless Four”. Today I have spent time investigating two of those shareholders to find out more about them and who they are.
One of the biggest things I want to achieve while I’m out here in Hong Kong is to help the fans who want to know more about the ownership of the club to understand how it all works. I know it’s not something everyone cares about – but I believe it’s important so that we know what to expect from Birmingham City’s owners and what to hope for.
While things at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium have been much calmer and less chaotic than our friends over the expressway, there still remains a slight cloud of secrecy over just where Blues are going.
Dragon Villa will become the second biggest shareholder in Birmingham Sports Holdings (and thus by extension BCFC) once the share subscription announced on Thursday goes through. Their holding will take them above the 10% threshold that ensures that their owner Lei Sutong has to take the much-maligned Owners and Directors Test. Just who are these people?