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BlackRock offloads W130b stake in NCSoft

PUBLISHED : April 02, 2020 - 15:54

UPDATED : April 02, 2020 - 15:54

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US investment house BlackRock Fund Advisors has offloaded its 1.01 percent stake in South Korea’s game software developer NCSoft to cash out 129.57 billion won ($105.1 million), a filing showed on April 2.

As a result, BlackRock Fund Advisors and its 13 specially related parties were holding 6.05 percent voting rights in the company as of March 25 as a nonengagement shareholder.

The investor said its transactions from September to March were “meant to secure the return on its investment” in the filing.

BlackRock Fund Advisors will remain the fourth-largest shareholder of the game developer, known for the Lineage franchise. Other shareholders include Chairman Kim Taek-jin, the National Pension Service of Korea and Netmarble. 

NCSoft's R&D Center (NCSoft)



NCSoft’s net profit fell nearly 30 percent in 2019 to 307.49 billion won.

This comes a few days after the investment firm disclosed on Monday that it sold a 1.03 percent stake in Doosan Infracore to secure 8.64 billion won cash.

BlackRock Fund Advisors is an indirect subsidiary of BlackRock, the world’s largest investment management firm with $7.4 trillion assets under management as of end-2019.

Saying the coronavirus pandemic’s financial market impact is one “never experienced” in a lifetime, BlackRock Chief Executive Laurence Fink called on shareholders to “stay focused on long-term returns” in an open letter Sunday.



By Son Ji-hyoung (consnow@heraldcorp.com)

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