EastBridge Investment Corp (OTC-BB: EBIG), a financial services company that provides Asian companies with access to U.S. markets, houses clients like StrayArrow that could benefit handsomely from China’s growing middle class alongside companies like Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc. (Nasdaq: HMIN) and China Lodging Group, Ltd. (Nasdaq: HTHT).
While many investors are aware of Chinese hospitality stocks like Home Inns & Hotels Mangement Inc. (Nasdaq: HMIN) and China Lodging Group, Ltd. (Nasdaq: HTHT), few are aware of EastBridge Investment Corp (OTC-BB: EBIG), which offers exceptional exposure to China’s rapidly growing middle class and business environment through its equity stake in StrayArrow and other clients.
China’s Growing Middle Class Population
With China’s growing middle class and rising income levels, opportunities in the country are shifting from a source of cheap manufacturing and labor to a lucrative domestic marketplace. The share of the Chinese population earning between $6 and $10 dollars per day surged 4.8% to 25.5% between 1995 and 2007, while the trend appears to be continuing moving forward.
“As developing Asia’s people secure their middle class status, its emerging consumers are very much expected to become the next global consumers and assume the traditional role of the U.S. and European middle classes,” reads a recent Asian Development Bank report. These trends project that Asia’s middle class will become the single biggest group of consumers in the world, the report added.
StrayArrow is Poised to Benefit from the Move
StrayArrow International Limited, a client of EastBridge Investment Corp (OTC-BB: EBIG), is poised to benefit from this growing middle class. Operating very high end restaurants, nightclubs, ultra lounges, hotels and boutique retail merchandising, the firm is well-positioned to benefit from increasingly wealthy consumers with a broad portfolio of properties.
Mr. Denis Werner, Chairman of SAIL, who has lived in Shanghai for over eight years, commented, “All the current independent economic and market analysis point to the enormous growth that will occur in China for luxury goods and services from a current base of $25 billion to $200 billion (US dollars) by 2015. We have the knowledge, experience and credibility to succeed and to expand our business model across Greater China.”
With China’s emerging middle class population and demographics, companies focused on domestic consumerism could see significant growth over the coming years. EastBridge Investment Corp’s (OTC-BB: EBIG) portfolio of clients, like StrayArrow, are among these well-positioned companies, which bodes well for the financial service company’s own shareholders.
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