Acorn International sells majority stake in HJX business
Acorn International announced that the company recently reached an agreement to sell a majority stake in its HJX business to a third-party investor and operator. Specifically, the agreement includes the establishment of a joint venture that will be controlled and operated by such third party. Acorn's HJX business engages in direct sales of Ozing branded electronic learning devices incorporating mobile internet interactive features, such as online tutoring services. The partial divestiture of this business unit represents an exit of day-to-day management by Acorn from this business, allowing Acorn to focus on its already profitable businesses and brands, as well as on achieving profitable growth of new businesses within the Group. Under the terms of the agreement, the joint venture will help liquidate a large stock of HJX inventory, transition certain expenses on a pro rata basis to the joint venture and allow Acorn to divest day-to-day operational management to the third-party team. The joint venture is expected to be operational in the coming months.