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August 12, 2014
16:50 EDTBABA, YHOOAlibaba 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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January 28, 2016
08:15 EDTBABAAlibaba's Tsai says he, Ma have no intention to sell shares
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07:03 EDTBABAAlibaba says fundamental strength brings confidence
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07:01 EDTBABAAlibaba jumps 6% to $73.75 following Q3 earnings beat
07:00 EDTBABAAlibaba reports Q3 adjusted EPS 6.43 yuan, consensus 5.81 yuan
Reports Q3 revenue 34.5B yuan, consensus 33.2B yuan. Annual active buyers on the company's China retail marketplaces increased to 407M, an increase of 21M from the prior quarter, while mobile MAUs in December reached 393M, an increase of 47M over the prior quarter. GMV transacted on its China retail marketplaces was $149B, an increase of 23% year-over-year.
06:56 EDTYHOOVerizon denies report of bidding on Yahoo core business, CTFN says
Verizon (VZ) spokesperson for Bob Varettoni said the New York Post "was wrong" in reporting on January 23 that the telecom company made an offer to acquire Yahoo's (YHOO) Internet search business, reported CTFN. Varettoni told the publication: "The rumor's false...We've made no offer to acquire Yahoo." Reference Link
06:30 EDTYHOOYahoo starts restructuring with 'invest/maintain/kill' list, Re/code reports
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06:17 EDTBABAAlibaba could sell Meituan-Dianping stake for about $900M, WSJ reports
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06:17 EDTYHOOYahoo starts restructuring with 'invest/maintain/kill' list, Re/code reports
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05:44 EDTBABA, YHOOSpringOwl calls for Yahoo, Viacom to seek partners, Reuters reports
SpringOwl Asset Management, which holds undisclosed stakes in Yahoo (YHOO) and Viacom (VIA), is urging the boards of both companies to seek investments from strategic partner, Reuters reports, citing an article that is set to be published today. SpringOwl managing director Eric Jackson says that "Although some shareholders of both Yahoo and Viacom think that a simple sale or break-up of both companies is the best way to create value for shareholders, we believe that both companies could benefit from their own version of the 'Buffett Convert,'" and that while stakes of investors would be diluted if an outside investor steps in, but "they would still be better off because their shares would likely get re-rated upwards substantially with this new partner sitting around the board table." Jackson believes Yahoo should seek outside investment from Liberty Media (LMCA), Verizon (VZ) or AT&T (T), while Viacom would benefit from Alibaba (BABA), Amazon (AMZN) or AMC Entertainment (AMC). Reference Link
January 27, 2016
16:01 EDTBABAOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.02 to 26.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC NFLX FCX BABA AA X VZ BA T
14:34 EDTBABANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:42 EDTBABAAlibaba technical notes ahead of earnings
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08:42 EDTYHOOIAC's Diller says would not buy Yahoo, Bloomberg reports
IAC (IAC) Chairman Barry Diller said Yahoo (YHOO) can be a standalone business, adding that he would not buy the company, according to Bloomberg. Diller said Yahoo is only worth buying at a "serious discount," according to Bloomberg.
08:12 EDTBABAAlibaba Q3 results should beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Alibaba's Q3 results to beat expectations by about a percentage point. The firm expects the company to benefit from increased mobile monetization, and as a result it predicts that the company's fiscal 2017 results will beat expectations by a large amount. Bernstein keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
January 25, 2016
16:00 EDTBABAOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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10:00 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Express (AXP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... BankMutual (BKMU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Hovde Group... Black Hills (BKH) upgraded on acquisition at BMO Capital... Bruker (BRKR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cedar Fair (FUN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded on valuation, outlook at Pacific Crest... First Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Graphic Packaging (GPK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Home Depot (HD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... People's United (PBCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... RadiSys (RSYS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Standard Motor (SMP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Swedbank (SWDBY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Voyager Therapeutics (VYGR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research.
08:28 EDTBABAAlibaba shares are a compelling value, says Morgan Stanley
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08:21 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
06:24 EDTBABAWeak Alibaba projections intensify battle with JD.com, Reuters says
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January 24, 2016
19:26 EDTYHOOYahoo using fast-vesting stock options to stop brain drain, BI says
Yahoo is allowing employees to cash out stock options at an accelerated pace in an attempt to stop brain drain and motivate workers, Business Insider reported Friday, citing sources. Starting in January 2015, the company began offering stock options that vest after one month rather than the previous one year period, and the fast-vesting options have become more widespread within the company as valuable employees threaten to leave, said the report. Reference Link
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