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April 28, 2014
06:07 EDTYOKUYouku Tudou announces $1.22B investment led by Alibaba Group
Youku Tudou announced that it has entered into definitive agreements with a joint investment vehicle of Alibaba Group Holding and Yunfeng Capital, pursuant to which Alibaba and Yunfeng Capital, through the joint investment vehicle, will invest an aggregate of approximately $1.22B to purchase a number of Class A ordinary shares from the company, which we estimate will be 707.25M newly issued shares, and 13.87M existing Class A ordinary shares, at a purchase price of $1.6944 per share, corresponding to $30.50 per American Depositary Share of the company, each representing 18 Class A ordinary shares. Alibaba and Yunfeng Capital will indirectly hold approximately 16.5% and 2.0%, respectively, of the total issued and outstanding shares of the company on a fully-diluted basis determined under the treasury method, after taking into account the shares to be issued in the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the near future, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Jonathan Lu, CEO of Alibaba, will join Youku Tudou's board of directors upon completion of the transaction.
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July 27, 2015
11:22 EDTYOKUAnalyst says Chinese Internet firms seeing 'healthy' consumer demand
Chinese Internet stocks are among the many classes of Chinese stocks traded in New York that are weak this morning, though research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today that after traveling to China and conducting checks, the firm is more upbeat on e-commerce company 58.com (WUBA), online travel agency Qunar (QUNR) and online video company Youku Tudou (YOKU). WHAT'S NEW: After speaking with Chinese advertising and e-commerce companies, as well as with Chinese companies that are exposed to online services, Pacific Crest analyst Cheng Cheng believes that consumer demand for Internet products and services is "stable and healthy." The decline in the stocks of Chinese Internet companies has created buying opportunities, Cheng believes. He identified 58.com and Qunar as his favorite picks in the sector heading into second quarter results. Both stocks have declined about 20% over the last 1-2 months, but the core businesses of both companies are accelerating, the analyst stated. Specifically, most of 58.com's end markets "are showing strong or at least healthy underlying demand," while Qunar is poised to benefit from an acceleration of demand for its hotel rooms, the analyst believes. Meanwhile, Youku is benefiting from strong demand from advertisers, wrote Cheng, who kept Overweight ratings on 58.com and Qunar and maintained a Sector Weight rating on Youku. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Cheng added that he remains "positively biased" towards Baidu (BIDU) and Alibaba (BABA). Baidu is slated to report its second quarter results tonight. He kept Overweight ratings on both stocks. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, 58.com slid 4.6% to $62, Qunar retreated 5.7% to $40.65 and Youku fell 4.7% to $19.20 amid broad weakness in Chinese stocks trading in New York after China's home Shanghai composite index fell 8.5% overnight.
08:43 EDTYOKUChina Internet consumer demand stable, healthy, says Pacific Crest
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