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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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October 20, 2014
06:26 EDTYHOOYahoo to unveil turnaround, M&A strategy, WSJ reports
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October 17, 2014
13:16 EDTYHOOYahoo weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and capital utilization outlook
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12:17 EDTYHOOMark Cuban says buying Netflix shares, sees company as M&A target
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October 16, 2014
16:10 EDTBABABrean starts Alibaba at Buy, calls core China Internet holding
Brean Capital rolled out coverage on shares of Alibaba (BABA) with a Buy rating $110 price target, calling the stock a core holding in the China Internet space. Brean believes Alibaba gives investors exposure to "robust Chinese secular ecommerce growth." The stock closed the trading day up $3.25 to $88.85.
16:05 EDTBABAAlibaba initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
Target $110.
06:56 EDTBABAAlibaba changes payment unit's name, adopts strategy, Reuters reports
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06:16 EDTBABAAlipay Wallet has over 190M active users, WSJ reports
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October 15, 2014
16:22 EDTYHOOYahoo amendment to credit agreement extended to October 8, 2015
On October 9, Yahoo! Inc. entered into Amendment No. 2 to its Credit Agreement, dated as of October 19, 2012, as amended by Amendment No. 1, dated as of October 10, 2013, with Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto from time to time. Amendment No. 2, among other things, extends the termination date of the Credit Agreement from October 9, 2014 to October 8, 2015. The Credit Agreement, as amended, continues to provide for a $750M unsecured revolving credit facility, subject to increase by up to $250M in accordance with its terms. There are no borrowings currently outstanding under the Credit Agreement.
06:40 EDTYHOOYahoo hires Kevin Gentzel as head of N.A. ad sales, CNet reports
Yahoo has hired Kevin Gentzel, the Washington Post's former chief revenue officer, as its new head of North American advertising sales, CNet reports. Gentzel will report to Ned Brody, the company's head of Americas. Reference Link
October 14, 2014
14:28 EDTYHOOYahoo hires former Washington Post Chief Revenue Officer to head sales, WSJ says
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10:19 EDTBABAAlibaba initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
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10:05 EDTBABAAlibaba volatility flat as shares trend to post IPO lows
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08:08 EDTYHOOYahoo to close Amman, Jordan office by end of year, TechCrunch reports
Yahoo will close its office in Amman, Jordan by the end of the year, TechCrunch reports, citing a confirmed statement by a company spokesperson. The company will funnel its Arab-language and English-language Arab-focused Internet portal to an office in Dubai and other regions. A Yahoo spokesperson says the move is part of its "global efforts to streamline operations." Reference Link
07:12 EDTBABAAlibaba initiated with a Buy at UBS
Target $100.
05:58 EDTBABACostco debuts in China through Alibaba Tmall platform
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October 13, 2014
13:10 EDTYHOOGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
12:13 EDTBABA, YHOOYahoo upgraded as BGC sees higher chances for tax efficient monetization
Research firm BGC Partners upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) to Buy from Hold, saying that the chances of the company monetizing its assets in a more tax efficient manner have increased now that Alibaba (BABA) has come public. Among the possible scenarios, Yahoo may be acquired by Alibaba, the firm added. WHAT'S NEW: Yahoo's chances of paying a relatively low tax rate on the sale of its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, a Japanese Internet company, have risen, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis stated. Yahoo could owe up to $15B of taxes on its sale of the assets, the analyst estimated. If Yahoo pays full tax liability, its stakes would be worth $43.5B. If it pays no taxes, the assets would be worth $58.5B, he estimated. Gillis set his price target on Yahoo at $50, representing the midpoint of the two scenarios, he stated. Among various scenarios that could play out, Alibaba could choose to buy Yahoo and subsequently unload Yahoo's core business and the American company's stake in Yahoo Japan, the analyst said. Yahoo shareholders could receive cash and shares of Alibaba as part of such a deal, Gillis stated. If Yahoo is not acquired by Alibaba, the American company should combine with AOL (AOL), as recently proposed by activist investor Starboard Value, Gillis contended. Merging with AOL could accelerate Yahoo's revenue growth by over 50% and increase its EBITDA by over 35%, Gillis estimated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell 1% to $39.18.
10:08 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTYHOO, BABAYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded his rating on Yahoo (YHOO) shares to Buy saying the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner now that Alibaba (BABA) is public. Gillis also points out that Alibaba could see benefits from acquiring Yahoo. He raised his price target for Yahoo shares to $50 from $37.
08:16 EDTBABAAlibaba to invest about $1.6B in rural expansion, Marbridge Daily says
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