Mitsui divests interests in Hong Kong International Terminals ("HIT"), and Yantian International Container Terminals ("YICT")

Feb. 16, 2011

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui") announced today that, Mitsui & Co. (H.K.) Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui, has divested all its indirect equity and loan interests in HIT Investments Ltd. (1%, "HIT"), and in Yantian International Container Terminals Limited (2%) and the YICT business related subsidiaries, all of which (collectively called "YICT") to Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), the operator and the majority shareholders of HIT and YICT. HPH is a subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa Limited and manages ports and related services worldwide.

Upon a request of HPH to purchase Mitsui's shares, Mitsui decided on this divesture in consideration of its corporate strategy to optimize its business portfolio.
However, Mitsui's policy of continuing to develop a strong relationship with Hutchison remains the same.

Summary of Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL)

Year of Establishment 1977
Location of Head Office Hong Kong
Representative LI Ka-Shing, Chairman
Sales 38.5 billion U.S. dollars (2009)
Business activities Ports and related services; property and Hotels; retail; energy, infrastructure, investments and others; and telecommunications.

Summary of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH)

Year of Establishment 1866
Location of Head Office Hong Kong
Representative John E. Meredith, Group Managing Director
Business activities Port investor, developer and operator

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