Quantum Pacific Group, an entity led by Israeli billionaire Idan Ofer, has more than doubled its stake in Atlético Madrid after agreeing a deal to acquire the interest held in the Spanish LaLiga football club by Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group.
Atlético announced today (Wednesday) that Quantum will acquire Wanda’s 17 per cent stake, adding the Chinese firm’s decision to divest its interest was part of its “global strategy”.
Once the transfer of the shares is finalised, which requires the authorisation of the Spanish Superior Council of Sports, Quantum will increase its stake from 15 to 32 per cent. Miguel Ángel Gil and Enrique Cerezo, chief executive and president of the club, respectively, remain the majority shareholders.
Quantum Pacific Group acquired its initial 15 per cent stake in November through a deal that involved a reduction of the shareholdings held by Cerezo, Gil and Wanda. The 15 per cent stake was valued at €50m ($61.2m) at the time.
Cerezo is the club’s majority shareholder along with Gil, and after the rights issue their share dropped from 72.5 per cent to 65 per cent. Wanda paid €45m for a 20 per cent stake in the club in January 2015. It marked the first Chinese investment in a top-flight European football club.
In a statement, Atlético said today: “In this new scenario, Atlético de Madrid and Dalian Wanda Group have corroborated their firm commitment to continue their mutual collaboration, which will be strengthened in the coming months thanks to new initiatives.
“Wanda maintains its support as a sponsor of the club, which can be seen in the name of the club’s stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, which, for the coming years, will continue being the name of the stadium. And also to continue the ambitious project to educate and train children and young adults, in which both entities have been collaborating for six years in a very successful manner and which has turned our academy into a model of hard work and results at a global level.
“Lastly, both entities have renewed the strategic agreement to develop the Atlético de Madrid brand in China through Wanda Sports.”