Mon, Jun. 6, 10:07 AM
- Search giant Baidu (BIDU +1%), messaging/gaming giant Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY), and #2 Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com (JD +1.8%) are each investing $50M in leading Chinese online auto platform Bitauto (BITA +12%). Bitauto is also selling $150M worth of convertible bonds to investment firm PAG.
- Baidu, Tencent, and JD are each buying 2.47M Bitauto shares at $20.23 apiece ($0.23 below Friday's close). The deal follows JD and Tencent's $1.55B 2015 investment in the company, and respectively leaves JD, Tencent, and Baidu holding 23.5%, 7.1%, and 3.2% stakes.
- The bonds are due five years from issuance, and carry a 2% interest rate and $23.67/share conversion price. Owners of the convertible debt will hold an 8.2% stake. Bitauto chairman/CEO William Li will be buying a portion of the debt through PAG, by means of a total return swap agreement.
- Bitauto is up sharply. Rival Autohome (ATHM +3.2%) is posting moderate gains. Li: "Through our new partnership with Baidu, we expect to leverage its leadership in mobile and desktop online search, big data and transaction services platforms for additional strategic advantages as we continue to create the industry leading new and used car purchasing experience for customers in China."
Mon, May 23, 11:10 AM
- Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY +0.5%) is in early-stage talks to take over SoftBank's (OTCPK:SFTBY +1.9%) majority position in Finnish mobile-game maker Supercell, The Wall Street Journal reports.
- Supercell makes popular combat simulator Clash of Clans, and SoftBank took majority control with a $1.53B investment in 2013, before growing its stake last year to 73%.
- Also last year, Alibaba (of which SoftBank is the biggest shareholder) teamed up with China's Giant Interactive Group to talk about taking control of Supercell, though price has hung up those discussions. And Supercell is said to prefer having autonomy under SoftBank's umbrella.
- Sources say that Supercell was valued about $5.25B last year. Its most recent game, Clash Royale, was the top-grossing mobile game for March with more than $80M.
- Now read Tencent: Like Buying Facebook At A Bargain »
Fri, Feb. 26, 3:59 PM
- Glu Mobile (GLUU -2%) has seen Chinese partner Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) gradually but quickly boosting its stake in the company to 21.5% during Glu's February run.
- Glu shares have risen 68.3% over the past month, jumping in particular after posting its Q4 earnings beat and announcing exclusive work on a game themed on pop superstar Taylor Swift.
- Tencent acquired millions of shares of Glu on the open market between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25, according to a 13D/A filing today. That included acquiring more than 3M shares over the past three days.
- Glu said in November that it would work to bring Tencent's game WeFire outside China to the Americas, EMEA and Australia/New Zealand.
Wed, Feb. 24, 3:56 PM
- With Viacom (VIA +1%, VIAB +0.3%) looking to sell a strategic stake in Paramount Pictures, who could be interested in buying?
- Foreign investors are likely, amid a wave of investment in Hollywood from overseas. China's Perfect World is putting $250M into a development slate at Universal, while in-country counterpart Bona Film Group said in November it was putting $235M into a slate at Fox.
- Analysts suggest the studio is worth about $5.5B today, notes The Hollywood Reporter, so a minority stake could still come to $2B. Viacom paid $9.8B for the studio a dozen years back.
- Major conglomerates like Alibaba (BABA +0.6%), Dalian Wanda and Fosun (OTCPK:FOSUF) have an appetite for Hollywood deals -- and Wanda already owns cinema chain AMC and producer Legendary Entertainment, while exploring a stake in Lions Gate. A key interest with those firms is ability to get Paramount products into China, where Transformers is a major phenomenon. Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY +0.2%) has similar international media appetites.
- Fosun is trying to buy Bona and take it private, which would give it Bona's entry into Fox's slate.
- Back home, Lions Gate (LGF +8.8%) is now a frequent source of tie-up rumors -- and is on the move today amid Amazon.com (AMZN +0.1%) content-deal chatter. Both Lions Gate and Amazon could use a piece of Paramount for different reasons.
- Meanwhile, Apple (AAPL +1.5%) has been floated as a possible bidder for Time Warner, as it may be shopping for content to feed TV dreams -- but a stake in Paramount would come far cheaper than trying to swallow Time Warner whole for $50B-$80B.
- Previously: Viacom, up 5%, confirms Paramount investment feelers (Feb. 23 2016)
Wed, Feb. 3, 12:05 PM
- In a multiyear partnership, ESPN (DIS +1%) and Chinese Internet leader Tencent Holdings (OTCPK:TCEHY -2%) will pair to offer games and commentary in Mandarin.
- Financial terms weren't disclosed. Tencent's sports site, QQ, will get live streams of the NCAA men's basketball tournament (March Madness) along with 100 other college basketball games, the X Games, and ESPN analysis for the NBA playoffs and soccer matches starting in April.
- Most NBA viewing in China happens on computers or mobile devices via the Internet. The deal's an example of Disney's country-by-country approach to expanding ESPN and Disney content; traditional pay TV is still the focus in the U.S., while online distribution is taking the lead in other markets.
Thu, Jan. 7, 2:00 PM
- Hammered three days ago as U.S. and Chinese markets tumbled, the story is much the same today for U.S.-traded Chinese tech firms. The Nasdaq is down 2.7%, and the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges respectively fell 7% and 8.3% overnight amid an ongoing selloff in the yuan, which now trades at 6.59 per dollar.
- The Guggenheim China Tech ETF (CQQQ -4.7%) is now down 8% in 2016. It's still 30% above an August low of $25.36.
- Internet giants Baidu (BIDU -7.1%) and Alibaba (BABA -6.5%) are among the names seeing steep losses. Others include Sina (SINA -6%), Weibo (WB -8.5%), Qunar (QUNR -12.4%), JD.com (JD -6.4%), ChinaCache (CCIH -9.6%), Jumei (JMEI -8.7%), Zhaopin (ZPIN -5.7%), Baozun (BZUN -7.4%), NQ Mobile (NQ -5.8%), and Momo (MOMO -6.1%). Over in Hong Kong, messaging/gaming leader Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) fell 4%.
- ETFs: QQQC, KWEB, EMQQ
Aug. 24, 2015, 9:22 AM
- The Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges nosedived again overnight as fears of an economic slowdown triggered panic selling, and U.S. futures are off sharply premarket. As one would expect, many U.S.-traded Chinese names are seeing big losses.
- Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) -9.8% premarket. SINA -9.7%. Weibo (NASDAQ:WB) -10.5%. Ctrip (NASDAQ:CTRP) -9.4%. Qunar (NASDAQ:QUNR) -15%. SouFun (NYSE:SFUN) -15.4%. NQ Mobile -10.1%. Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU) -14.7%. YY -9.3%. Bitauto (NYSE:BITA) -8.8%. JD.com (NASDAQ:JD) -9.6%. Vipshop (NYSE:VIPS) -15.9%.
- Alibaba (previous) is down 9.8% to $61.48, making new post-IPO lows along the way. Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) fell a relatively modest 5% overnight in Hong Kong.
- ETFs: CQQQ, KWEB, QQQC, EMQQ
Aug. 3, 2015, 7:03 PM
- Ctrip (NASDAQ:CTRP) is guiding for 45%-50% Y/Y RMB-based revenue growth. Consensus in dollars is for 43% growth.
- The modest size of Ctrip's Q2 sales beat could be disappointing investors, after a much bigger beat was delivered in May. Hotel (accommodation) revenue rose 47% Y/Y (volume +55%) to $178M, transportation (ticket) revenue 45% to $170M (volume +106%), packaged tour revenue 61% to $53M, and corporate travel revenue 34% to $19M.
- R&D spend rose 66% Y/Y to $128M, sales/marketing 42% to $109M, and G&A 34% to $42M. Gross margin was 71% vs. 70% in Q1 and 72% a year ago.
- Meanwhile, in tandem with its Q2 results, smaller Chinese online travel firm eLong (NASDAQ:LONG) has announced the receipt of an $18/share offer from messaging/gaming giant Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) to buy all of the eLong shares not currently owned by Tencent, certain members of management, and "major shareholders" controlling at least 70% of all voting rights.
- Tencent owns 15% of eLong. In May, Ctrip spent $400M to take a 37.6% stake in eLong.
- CTRP -1.7% AH to $70.25. LONG +10.1% to $15.65.
- Ctrip: Q2 results, PR. eLong: Q2 results, PR.
Jun. 30, 2015, 9:04 AM
- Cheetah Mobile (NYSE:CMCM) has amended its alliance with Chinese gaming/messaging giant Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) to increase the annual cap for payments made by Tencent for promotional services provided by Cheetah (via its apps) to RMB250M ($40.3M) from RMB105M ($16.9M). The alliance was originally formed in late 2013.
- Tencent paid Cheetah RMB64.3M over the first 4 months of the year. Cheetah's rapid growth - its mobile monthly active users reached 443.6M in Q1, +12% Q/Q - has increased its potential value to Tencent as a promotional/distribution platform.
- Cheetah has risen to $29.50 premarket. The company joined other Chinese tech names in selling off hard yesterday.
Apr. 29, 2015, 4:33 PM
- Along with its Q1 results, Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU) announces Chinese gaming/messaging giant Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) is investing $126M in the company through the purchase of 21M shares at $6 apiece. Tencent will own 14.6% of Glu once the deal closes, and Glu will have a $190M cash balance.
- With Tencent's WeChat mobile messaging platform (~500M MAUs) nearly ubiquitous in China and the company claiming a massive share of the Chinese online/mobile gaming market, the alliance could significantly increase the Chinese reach of Glu's games. Tencent exec Steven Ma will be joining Glu's board.
- Also announced: Glu is partnering with Britney Spears to launch a new mobile game in 1H16. A 5-year exclusive agreement has been reached with the singer; it features a 3-year extension. The deal comes 3 months after one with Katy Perry, and follows the huge 2014 success of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.
- Glu now expects 2015 revenue of $262M-$287M and EPS of $0.20-$0.24 vs. a consensus of $265.6M and $0.25. Q2 guidance is for revenue of $50M-$52M and EPS of -$0.03 to -$0.05 vs. a consensus of $50.9M and -$0.02.
- The company states its Q1 beat was "driven by the ongoing traction of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, Racing Rivals, Deer Hunter 2014, and Contract Killer: Sniper." Its strong full-year sales guidance is attributed to an upcoming game lineup that includes "Terminator, Cooking Dash, Deer Hunter 2016, James Bond: 007 and Katy Perry."
- Glu has surged to $6.26 AH. Q1 results, earnings release.
Apr. 17, 2015, 9:46 AM
- 58.com (WUBA +5.2%) is buying a 43.2% stake in Chinese online classifieds rival Ganji.com for 34M shares (current value of $2.4B) and $412.2M in cash.
- The companies will "continue to operate their respective brands, websites and teams," while exploring ways to partner and "maximize business synergies." Following the deal, Ganji stands to own a 25% stake in 58.com.
- Messaging/gaming giant Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY), which bought a 19.9% stake in 58.com last June, is investing another $400M in the company at a price of $52/share (27% below current levels). Tencent will own a 25.1% stake once the investment closes.
- The FT reported on Tuesday 58.com and Ganji.com were planning a full-blown merger, while adding (without providing details) the transaction would occur in two stages to appease regulators.
- After opening lower, 58.com has quickly shot higher. Shares are up 39% since the FT's report arrived.
- Yesterday: Morgan Stanley sees major 58/Ganji synergies
- Update (12:10PM): 58.com is now down 1.6% amid a broader market selloff.
- Update 2 (3:00PM): Shares have reversed course again. They're now up 3.9%.
Apr. 14, 2015, 7:04 AM
- After hitting a $200B market cap yesterday, Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) slumped for the first time in 10 days today as billionaire Chairman Ma Huateng decreased his stake in the tech firm.
- According to filings, Ma cut his holdings to 9.65% from 9.86%, raising a combined HK$3.2B ($415M).
- The stock fell 5.5% in Hong Kong, its most in almost a year, leading the benchmark Hang Seng index down 1.6%.
Apr. 13, 2015, 10:27 AM
- Following a 5.7% gain overnight in Hong Kong, Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) is worth over $200B for the first time in its history. The messaging/gaming giant's current $206.5B market cap trails only Alibaba's ($212.2B) among Chinese tech companies, and is sixth among tech firms worldwide (behind Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Alibaba).
- Tencent now trades for 16x 2014 sales and 53x 2014 earnings. Its gains come as many U.S.-traded Chinese peers trade far below their early-2014 highs.
- Last month: Tencent's Q4 revenue up 24% Y/Y; WeChat MAUs top 500M
Apr. 8, 2015, 10:58 AM
- Following a big overnight rally in Hong Kong (followed a 3-day holiday during which Shanghai rallied), beaten-down Chinese Internet and mobile stocks have soared in U.S. trading.
- The biggest gainers include many names that are far below their 2014 highs: The group includes Qihoo (QIHU +10.5%), YY (YY +14.9%), Taomee (TAOM +14.3%), Sina (SINA +8.7%), and Weibo (WB +12.1%). Mobile game publishers Sky-mobi (MOBI +12.6%), China Mobile Games (CMGE +8%), and iDreamSky (DSKY +13.4%) are also sharply higher, as are online real estate plays SouFun (SFUN +13.1%), E-House (EJ +6.1%), and Leju (LEJU +9.8%).
- Giants Alibaba (BABA +3.4%) and Baidu (BIDU +4.1%) aren't being left out. Neither are Youku (YOKU +7.5%), 21Vianet (VNET +7.4%), Momo (MOMO +6.8%), Sohu (SOHU +7.7%), Changyou (CYOU +4.5%), Dangdang (DANG +7.3%), Vipshop (VIPS +4.8%), JD.com (JD +3.9%), Jumei (JMEI +6.6%), Sungy Mobile (GOMO +5.8%), China Techfaith (CNTF +7.1%), and KongZhong (KZ +5.5%).
- Alibaba has proposed an asset injection into its money-losing Alibaba Pictures (+36% in Hong Kong) film arm. Sky-mobi has seen Rosenblatt (Buy) hike its target to $11, while noting many Chinese mobile game developers have been bought out; it thinks Sky-mobi's investments in developers could be worth $140M. NetEase has been upgraded by CICC Research.
- Over in Hong Kong, software/cloud services provider Kingsoft (OTCPK:KSFTF) rose 24.2% to HKD$29.50. Messaging/gaming giant Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) rose 3.3% to HKD$154.80.
- ETFs: KWEB, CQQQ, QQQC
Mar. 20, 2015, 12:20 PM
- #3 Chinese search engine Sogou is planning an IPO that will feature a $3B+ valuation, Bloomberg reports. Sources add Sogou, which is controlled by Sohu (SOHU +3.7%), could see an offering in 2H15.
- Sogou has been easily outgrowing Sohu's portal and gaming ops: Its revenue rose 70% Y/Y in Q4 to $119M. It had an estimated 6.9% Q4 Chinese search share, trailing Baidu's (NASDAQ:BIDU) 74.4% and Qihoo's (NYSE:QIHU) 17.3%.
- Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) bought a 40.9% stake in Sogou in 2013 for $516M, and has integrated Sogou's services with its wildly popular WeChat mobile messaging platform (recently hit 500M MAUs). Aside from search, Sogou's services include a Web directory, games, and popular Chinese-language typing software (Sogou Pinyin).
Jan. 21, 2015, 2:55 PM
- Alibaba (BABA +3.5%) and Baidu (BIDU +3.6%) have posted big gains in U.S. trading after the Shanghai Composite rose 4.7% overnight (its biggest gain in 5 years). China's other Internet giant, Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY), hasn't been left out of the fun: Its shares rose 3.8% overnight in Hong Kong, leaving the company sporting a $155B market cap.
- Baidu recently received positive pre-earnings commentary from Deutsche, which argued mobile monetization is improving rapidly. The firm observed Baidu hiked the minimum bid price for mobile keywords as a % of PC keyword prices to 30% from 10%, and suggested Baidu's alliance with fast-growing Android OEM Xiaomi could provide a boost. Mobile accounted for 36% of Baidu's Q3 revenue, and a majority of its traffic.
- Alibaba, which also rallied yesterday, is eight days away from posting its FQ3 report. The consensus is for 47% Y/Y revenue growth, but only 24% EBITDA growth, as investments in new businesses and mobile marketing pressure margins.
Tencent Holdings Limited provides Internet, mobile, and telecommunication value-added services in China. The Company has an instant messaging community in China. Tencent also provides online advertising services.
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