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August 12, 2014
16:50 EDTYHOO, BABAAlibaba restructures arrangement with Small and Micro Financial Services Company
Alibaba disclosed the following in a regulatory filing: "On August 12 we entered into a share and asset purchase agreement, or the 2014 SAPA, and entered into or amended certain ancillary agreements including an amendment and restatement of the Alipay IPLA. Pursuant to these agreements, we restructured our relationships with Small and Micro Financial Services Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary Alipay, and terminated the 2011 framework agreement...We believe this restructuring will strengthen and benefit our company as well as better position us for future growth. Pursuant to the 2014 SAPA, we agreed to sell, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, certain equity interests and assets primarily relating to the SME loan business and related services, or the transferred business, to Small and Micro Financial Services Company for aggregate cash consideration of RMB3,219M, US$518M. In addition, we entered into software system use and service agreements with entities operating the SME loans business relating to the know-how and related intellectual property that we have agreed to sell together with the SME loan business and related services to Small and Micro Financial Services Company. In calendar years 2015 to 2017, we will receive an annual fee equal to 2.5% of the average daily book balance of the micro loans made by such entities. In calendar years 2018 to 2021, we will receive an annual fee equal to the amount paid for the calendar year 2017, or collectively the SME annual fee. In connection with the 2014 SAPA, we also entered into the amended Alipay IPLA, pursuant to which we will license certain intellectual property and provide certain software technology services related to Alipay’s current operations and the SME loan business. Under the amended Alipay IPLA, we will receive royalty streams and a service fee, or collectively the profit share payments, which will be paid at least annually, amounting to the sum of an expense reimbursement plus 37.5% of the consolidated pre-tax income of Small and Micro Financial Services Company, subject to certain adjustments. In addition, if we acquire any equity interest in Small and Micro Financial Services Company, we will transfer an agreed portion of the underlying intellectual property to Small and Micro Financial Services Company at the time of such equity issuance. At the same time, the profit share payments will also be reduced in proportion to such equity issuances made to us. Pursuant to the terms of the 2014 SAPA, in the event of an initial public offering of Small and Micro Financial Services Company or Alipay at an implied equity value exceeding US$25B which results in gross proceeds of at least US$2B , or a qualified IPO, if our total ownership of equity interests in Small and Micro Financial Services Company has not reached 33%, we would be entitled at our election to receive a one-time payment equal to 37.5% of the equity value of Small and Micro Financial Services Company as determined immediately prior to such qualified IPO. There is no cap on the maximum value of such liquidity event payment. If we acquire equity interests in Small and Micro Financial Services Company in an aggregate amount less than 33%, the percentage of Small and Micro Financial Services Company’s equity value used to calculate such liquidity event payment will be adjusted proportionately."
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June 24, 2015
12:01 EDTBABA, YHOOYahoo's Mayer says committed to success of Alibaba stake spin-off
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11:59 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO says 'incredibly pleased' with stock performance under current team
11:57 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO says mobile monthly active users up 20% year over year
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11:48 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO says Katie Couric signed multi-year contract renewal
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11:36 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO says Mozilla search pact a 'profitable' deal
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is speaking during the company's annual meeting of shareholders.
11:20 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility at low end of 52-week range into shareholder meeting
Yahoo June weekly call option implied volatility is at 22, July is at 22, August is at 29, October is at 28; compared to its 52-week range 20 of 59, suggesting decreasing price movement into today’s shareholder meeting.
06:57 EDTBABAAlibaba expands cross-border E-commerce initiatives
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06:15 EDTBABAAlibaba unit partners with Paramount for 'Mission: Impossible,' Reuters reports
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05:12 EDTBABAAlibaba, IPCC strengthen collaboration by signing MoU
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June 23, 2015
06:12 EDTBABAAlibaba to sell 11 Main to OpenSky in stock-swap deal, WSJ reports
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05:14 EDTBABAAlibaba, Ant Financial announce local services JV
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June 22, 2015
16:00 EDTBABAOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
10:22 EDTBABAAlibaba June weekly calls active
Alibaba June weekly 87 and 87.5 calls are active on total call volume of 27K contracts (7K puts). June weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, July is at 24, September is at 25; compared to its 52-week range of 22 to 49. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
07:06 EDTBABAAnt Financial valued at $45B-$50B after fundraising, Financial Times reports
Alibaba's online payments affiliate Ant Financial has completed a fundraising that values the company at $45B-$50B, reports the Financial Times, citing people close to Alibaba. the valuation would place Ant Financial among the world's most valuable private technology companies. Reference Link
06:09 EDTBABAHK opens door to Alibaba and others to to return 'home', Financial Times says
Hong Kong's stock exchange has opened the door to Alibaba (BABA) listing on its home market, reports the Financial Times. The xchange said it would re-examine its current bar on China-based companies having a secondary listing of their shares in the city. The move could permit groups like Alibaba, Baidu (BIDU), and JD.com (JD) to return "home" via secondary listings." Reference Link
June 19, 2015
16:37 EDTYHOOLocal receives notice of termination from Yahoo
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16:00 EDTBABAOptions Update; June 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 11c to 18.21, Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR BAC T FB GILD NFLX BABA AAL MU AMZN
10:58 EDTBABAStocks with call strike movement; LUV BABA
Southwest (LUV) September 40 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 31, Alibaba (BABA) September 95 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 30 according to IVolatility.
08:22 EDTBABAChina to let foreign companies fully own e-commerce businesses, Reuters reports
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced that, effective immediately, foreign companies will be allowed to have full ownership of some e-commerce businesses, reported Reuters. Players in China's booming e-commerce market include market leader Alibaba Group (BABA) as well as JD.com (JD), Amazon.com (AMZN), Vipshop (VIPS) Wal-Mart (WMT), which holds a stake in shopping site Yihaodian, the report noted. Reference Link
06:29 EDTBABAMorgan Stanley invests in Alibaba-backed online insurer, WSJ reports
A group of investors including Morgan Stanley (MS) has invested $934M in China’s first online-only insurer backed by Alibaba (BABA) called Zhong An Online P&C Insurance Company, valuing the venture at $8B, the Wall Street Journal reports. The investment has been approved by China’s insurance regulator, the report says. Reference Link
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