Seeking Alpha Inc. (SOHU)

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  • Jul. 19, 2013, 2:25 PM
    Sohu (SOHU +0.9%) responds to comments from a Qihoo (QIHU +1.6%) exec about M&A talks regarding Sohu's Sogou search unit by stating it "has been, and continues to be, in preliminary discussions with several potential strategic investors and partners." Sohu adds its Sogou options include both the sale of a minority stake, and "a more comprehensive strategic combination." Qihoo has issued a PR in which it says "no agreement has been reached with respect to a significant transaction," but provides little color beyond that.
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  • Jul. 19, 2013, 9:38 AM
    Qihu (QIHU -1.1%) says it's in talks to buy Sohu's (SOHU +0.4%) Sogou search unit, but cautions it's "not in the pricing stage yet" and is still weighing integration issues. Analysts estimate the business is worth $1.2B-$1.4B. Sogou, rumored to be drawing interest from a few different companies, was recently estimated to have an 8.8% share of the Chinese search market in June; Qihoo was given a 15.3% share. If integration challenges can be handled well, a Qihoo/Sogou merger would yield a company with more resources, user data, and advertising scale to take on Baidu (BIDU -0.3%, 69.4% share). Sohu has forecast Sogou revenue of $48M-$50M for Q2, +41%-44% Y/Y.
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  • Jun. 7, 2013, 4:14 PM
    Alibaba is the latest Chinese Internet giant to be named a buyer of Sohu's (SOHU +4.1%) Sogou search unit by the rumor mill. The Alibaba rumor follows reports in May claiming Qihoo and then Baidu had reached deals to buy Sogou for lofty sums (each report proved unfounded). Sohu closed up strongly today, but so did many other Chinese Internet names.
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  • May 17, 2013, 11:14 AM
    Take this one with a grain of salt: an "industry source" claims Baidu (BIDU +1.6%) has reached a deal to buy Sohu's (SOHU +2.5%) Sogou search unit for $2B-$2.5B in cash and shares of Baidu's iQiyi online video unit. Though Sohu is rallying, the entire company still only has a market cap of $2.4B, indicating investors are as skeptical of this report as they were of Qihoo deal reports. Acquiring Sogou would pose integration challenges for Baidu, and (given Baidu's dominant Chinese search share) could also draw a regulatory response. (previous)
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  • May 15, 2013, 9:42 AM
    Sohu (SOHU -1.5%) slumps after CEO Charles Zhang throws cold water on M&A speculation. The rumor mill had been rife with reports Sohu is looking to sell its Sogou search engine, perhaps to finance a bid for Chinese P2P streaming platform PPTV.
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  • May 13, 2013, 10:13 AM
    Sohu (SOHU +2.5%) pops on Chinese media reports it's set to sell its Sogou search engine to Qihoo (QIHU -2.5%) for $1.4B. However, Sohu CEO Wang Xiaochuan has denied deal rumors; past reports have claimed Baidu and Tencent are also in the running. With Sohu still only having a market cap of $2.4B, it looks like many investors are skeptical (Sogou makes up less than 12% of Sohu's revenue). Qihoo (and for that matter, Baidu) would have to do a lot of heavy lifting to integrate Sogou with its own search engine.
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  • Mar. 5, 2013, 4:07 PM
    Sohu (SOHU +11.6%) and subsidiary Changyou (CYOU +11.2%) soar in the final hour of trading on a report Sohu is planning to delist from the NASDAQ and go private. Citron Research, long a fan of Sohu, thinks the company should sell for at least $65/share - Sohu closed today at $48.80.
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  • Mar. 14, 2012, 2:41 PM
    Tencent (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 (YOKU) and Tudou's (TUDO) merger.
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  • Mar. 12, 2012, 4:22 PM
    With a 36% share of the Chinese online video market, (YOKU +27.4%) and Tudou (TUDO +156.5%) will tower over #2 (SOHU) and #3 Baidu (BIDU) following their merger, notes Jiang Zhang. Moreover, the tie-up will help the combined company address rising bandwidth and content costs, and allow Youku to enter the Chinese mobile video market. Zhang speculates smaller players such as Ku6 (KUTV +11.9%) could now be acquisition targets for Sohu or Baidu.
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Company Description Incis a Chinese online media, search, gaming, community and mobile service groupproviding comprehensive online products and services on PCs and mobile devices in the People's Republic of China.