BRIEF-Northeast Pharma returns to profit in 2016, plans share placement, tech upgrade

April 5 (Reuters) - Northeast Pharmaceutical Group Co Ltd

* Says it returns to net profit of 23.8 million yuan ($3.45

million) in 2016 versus net loss of 384.4 million yuan year ago

* Says it aims to raise up to 1.4 billion yuan in private

placement of shares to fund vitamin C production project

* Says it plans to invest 130 million yuan in technology

upgrade in 2017

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(Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom)