Tue, Nov. 3, 10:01 AM
- Sina (SINA +4.3%) and subsidiary Weibo (WB +3%) are higher amid speculation (apparently fueled by an analyst note) Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) will make a bid for Sina.
- The companies are less than three weeks removed from jumping in response to Alibaba's bid to acquire online video leader Youku. They fell last week thanks to Citi downgrades.
Fri, Jun. 19, 9:21 AM
- 10 days after E-House (NYSE:EJ) announced co-chairman/CEO Xin Zhou and director Neil Shen (26% stake between them) have offered to take it private for $7.38/share (part of a huge wave of going-private offers for U.S.-traded Chinese companies), SINA announces it has joined Zhou and Shen's consortium.
- Sina adds the consortium owns 48% of E-House's shares; that implies Sina's stake is at 22%. If/when the deal closes, Sina plans to exchange its E-House stake for a portion of the shares in E-House's LEJU online real estate subsidiary currently owned by E-House.
- E-House's board is "continuing its evaluation" of the offer. Shares currently trade 6% below the offer price.
Jun. 19, 2014, 1:38 PM
- Aicai, a Chinese lottery ticket site established in '07, is now fully owned by Sina (SINA -2.4%). Aicai's founding team will remain with the company.
- Aicai was established in '07, with Sina holding a majority stake. The site raised funding in '09.
- Research firm Analysys estimates Aicai had a 4.9% share of the Chinese online lottery market in Q1. 500.com (WBAI +3.2%) had a 5.8% share, Alibaba's Taibao site an 11.3% share.
Nov. 19, 2012, 8:30 AMSina (SINA) +6.9% following a report Alibaba is taking a 15%-20% stake in Sina's Weibo microblogging platform for $2B-$3B. Such a deal would both grant a high valuation to Weibo, which now has 424M registered users and over 40M monthly active users, and potentially open up new monetization opportunities, given Alibaba's Chinese e-commerce/online payments clout. If the rumor pans out, Yahoo (YHOO) would have an indirect ~3%-4% stake in Weibo through its 23% stake in Alibaba. | Nov. 19, 2012, 8:30 AM | 2 Comments
Mar. 14, 2012, 2:41 PMTencent (TCEHY.PK), owner of China's extremely popular QQ instant messaging platform, says it plans to make new acquisitions to lessen its dependence on the online gaming market, where it has a leading share. Many expect the pace of M&A activity among Chinese Internet names to pick up following Youku.com (YOKU) and Tudou's (TUDO) merger. | Mar. 14, 2012, 2:41 PM | Comment!
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