- As rumored, Tencent (TCEHY) is buying a 15% stake in top Alibaba (ABABA) rival JD.com ahead of its IPO.
- Tencent is paying $214.7M in cash. The company is also transferring its QQ Wanggou and Paipai e-commerce platforms, and a minority stake in its Yixun marketplace.
- The assets, along with the massive scale of Tencent's QQ, Qzone, and WeChat messaging/gaming/social networking platforms, should give a boost to JD.com's traffic and marketing reach.
- JD.com, which (unlike Alibaba) depends heavily on direct e-commerce sales, filed for a $1.5B IPO in January. Alibaba took aim at Tencent last year by acquiring an 18% stake in Sina's Weibo microblogging platform (an indirect rival to WeChat).
- The Tencent/JD.com deal could also spell tougher competition for Vipshop (VIPS -4.4%) and Dangdang (DANG -4.9%), both of whom are joining other Chinese Internet stocks in seeing profit-taking.
at Investor's Business Daily (Thu, 1:28PM)