With trading starting on the New York Stock Exchange later on Friday, the share sale will raise $21.8bn, making it one of the largest flotations ever. It values Alibaba, which accounts for 80% of all online retail sales in China, at $167.6bn. That value surpasses such corporate titans as Walt Disney and Boeing. The final amount raised from the sale could change, depending on the final allotment allocation.
Alibaba will be the third-biggest internet company in the world by market cap if analysts’ estimates hold up. It will surpass both US ecommerce giant Amazon and Chinese rival Tencent. Chinese companies take up four of the top 10 spots and make up three of the top six. Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) sits at number six, while JD (NASDAQ:JD) rounds out the top 10. Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) leads by a long shot with nearly twice the market cap as runner up Facebook (NASDAQ:FB).
In the run-up to Alibaba’s earth-shaking IPO, the ecommerce titan has been all but silent during its customary “quiet period.” But 2014 as a whole has been a busy year for the firm. Alibaba has invested in or bought outright multiple companies both at home and abroad, spending so much money that some have referred to 2014 thus far as Alibaba’s “bachelor party.”
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. plans to stop taking orders early from investors for its highly-anticipated initial public offering, according to media reports on Friday, citing people familiar with knowledge of the matter. The Chinese e-commerce giant reportedly has sufficient demand to sell all the stock in the IPO at the high end of its current price range and therefore, plans to start closing the order books early.
The videos, which have been online for several days at Retail Roadshow , describe the company’s numerous shopping platforms and how each of them has impacted the lives of ordinary Chinese consumers. Despite the heartstring-plucking soundtrack and rosy tone, the clips nevertheless provide an excellent overview the company’s products and how it influences China’s retail infrastructure. If you’re hazy on the nuances behind Alibaba’s business model or numerous services, it’s well worth viewing.
Apple announced it will introduce Apple Pay, an NFC-enabled mobile payment service for brick-and-mortar sales, in its upcoming iPhone 6 devices. Apple followers predicted its arrival in the days leading up to Apple’s keynote, but its unveiling yesterday came years after folks first expected the Cupertino-based firm to start eyeing in-store payments. As far back as 2011, Bloomberg published a piece that cited analysts stating the company was working on NFC payment prototypes for small businesses.
Alipay and Huawei announced that the two parties have worked together in the launch of standard solutions for fingerprint payment in China. In this partnership, Alipay is responsible for creating more convenient payment experience to users, while Huawei provides devices and payment technologies.The new fingerprint payment function was officially available on September 4, 2014.
Alibaba Group Holding has set the price range of its initial public stock offering $60 to $66 a share and hopes to raise a record-shattering $24.3 billion in what would be the biggest IPO ever. At $66 a share, the Chinese Internet behemoth would be valued at about $163 billion. “It was very close to what I expected,” said Francis Gaskins, director of research for Equities.com in Marina del Rey. “At that price range, it’ll do very well.”
By pricing Alibaba `s widely-anticipated initial public offering (IPO) below market expectations, CEO Jack Ma is seeking to avoid a repetition of internet peer Facebook`s disaster debut, say analysts. “Jack Ma is very astute and he noticed that Facebook tripped over its initial public offering and doesn`t want to do the same thing, so better to low ball it a bit and let it rise as it goes into the market than let the public investors feel like they have been short changed and had paid too much,” Roger Kay, president at Endpoint Technologies told CNBC on Monday.
China’s Alibaba starts selling stakes in its Cayman Island company Alibaba Group Holding Limited today in the United States. In a “Letter From Jack Ma” which was filed last Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ma “Jack” Yun outlines expectations, caveats, and hopes for armchair investors in his extended family of Chinese e-commerce businesses.
Alibaba has revealed the long-awaited numbers on its upcoming IPO – and it’s going to huge. Alibaba’s newly updated SEC filing shows that the Chinese ecommerce titan aims to raise over US$20 billion once it finally lists. Alibaba is going to sell 320.11 million American Depositary Shares, which it has pegged at a range of $60 to $66 per share. At the maximum price, Alibaba would raise $21.13 billion.
EIJING–Foreign nationals who want to buy Alibaba Group shares in the Chinese e-commerce giant’s U.S. public offering will need to get comfortable with an unusual business structure. Alibaba’s online and mobile commerce businesses will be controlled by a “variable interest entity,” an arrangement meant to allow investors to buy into Internet and other businesses in which Beijing bans or limits foreign ownership.
Chinese exporters might have found a way around using Taobao and Alibaba to ship overseas. The management committee of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone and Shanghai Information Investment have respectively signed a memorandum of cooperation with Amazon.com aimed at cross-border e-commerce development and delivery. Shanghai’s cross-border trading e-commerce pilot platform formally started operation at the end of 2013.
Alibaba vs Amazon? It’s tough to compare the two e-commerce companies given that each company subscribes to different business model. But that didn’t stop the guys at Smart Intern China to create an infographic comparing the two giants. Infographic aside, it is perhaps important to note that Amazon and Alibaba each adopts different e-commerce models. Amazon follows the B2C model which purchases stock and maintains its own warehouse and logistics. Whereas Alibaba follows the C2C and B2B2C models (like Taobao and Tmall) which are open platforms and marketplaces.
BEIJING – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd IPO-BABA.N said on Friday it will open a fifth data centre in Shenzhen to service AliCloud, the latest sign of its growing investment in the small but potentially lucrative cloud computing business. Established in 2009, AliCloud posted US$38 million (S$47.46 million) in revenue during the quarter ending June, a relatively small slice of Alibaba’s US$2.54 billion in total revenue for the quarter, according to Alibaba’s financial disclosures filed ahead of its imminent initial public offering in New York.
Alibaba’s international site reached a deal with the Thai bank Kasikornbank which will help Kasikornbank introduce its small- and medium-sized enterprise customer resources to Alibaba’s international site and increase the export business opportunities of Thai products. Thai enterprises will be able to apply to become Alibaba’s verified member or gold supplier via Kasikornbank, which will bring various exclusive benefits and services to these small businesses.
Youku (NYSE:YOKU), which claims it’s still China’s top video streaming site despite growing competition from half a dozen rivals, reached 500 million monthly unique visitors for the first time, the company said today in its Q2 2014 earnings report. The half billion figure represents viewers across the Youku and Tudou sites across all screens, from desktop to mobile to smart TVs.
At this point, it looks like the IPO roadshow featuring Alibaba founder Jack Ma will begin on Sept. 3. The company’s seven investment banks and five outside law firms expect the song-and-dance routine for institutional investors to start in Asia, then head to Europe, and end up playing to packed investor houses all across United States. Alibaba IPOThen, the company should debut on the New York Stock Exchange in mid-September.
[BANGALORE] Snapchat Inc’s financing talks with China’s Alibaba Group Holding are over, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The developer of a popular app that allows users to send messages that disappear after a few seconds was reportedly in talks last week with investors, including Alibaba, for financing that could value the company at US$10 billion.
In the China market, B2C online shopping web portals generated total transactions of CNY320.47 billion (US$51.49 billion) during second-quarter 2014, growing 23.7% sequentially and 72.4% on year, according to Analysys International.