For years, AEI Corp has been struggling with its loss-making aluminium parts business. Under Sun Quan, the company’s executive director and new controlling shareholder, AEI is moving into the alcohol distribution business.

On Dec 31, 2020, AEI, which is — as of December 2019 — 52.57% held by a fund led by Sun, announced a deal to buy alcohol distributor MTBL Global, which is separately and solely held by Sun via Capital Impetus Group. Under the terms of the deal, AEI will pay up to $20 million, subject to conditions such as performance targets.

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