Alibaba Values Digital Mapping Company AutoNavi at USD 1.58 Billion - Information portal

Alibaba Values Digital Mapping Company AutoNavi at USD 1.58 Billion

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12.02.2014 Количество просмотров 545 views
AlibabaChinese e-commerce provider Alibaba has offered to buy AutoNavi in a deal valuing the Chinese digital mapping and navigation company at USD 1.58 billion.

Alibaba already owns 28% of AutoNavi. Revenues at AutoNavi have declined sharply over the past three quarters and Alibaba's move is expected to protect its initial investment in the China-based company. Given Alibaba's 28% stake, it is expected to pay between USD 1.13 and USD 1.17 billion for the remainder. As of Q3 2013, AutoNavi was the leading mobile map service by users, according to Analysys, with 31.3% of the market, followed by Baidu with 26.6%.

As of December, 81% of all internet users in China go online with mobile devices, according to the official China Internet Network and Information Center.

Alibaba is expected to go public later in 2014 in the largest IPO since Facebook debut in 2012, although the company has not chosen a location. Alibaba has been valued at around USD 140 billion, according to a Reuters poll of eight analysts.

Alibaba runs Taobao Marketplace, China's largest consumer-focused e-commerce website, business-to-business commerce platform and Alipay, a PayPal-like online payment platform.
Source:  The Paypers


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