Alibaba, China''s biggest e-commerce company, has filed an application for
initial public offer (IPO) with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, becoming perhaps
the largest high-tech company to debut on the Hong Kong stock market.
Alibaba groups Alibaba.Com, Taobao.Com, Alipay.Com, Yahoo! China and Alisoft.Com
and if the listing succeeds and with the IPO, the company''s total equity value
would exceed $10 billion, overtaking its rivals.
in Hangzhou, East China''s Zhejiang province, the company has evolved into the
world''s leading business-to-business marketplace in a span of nine years. It has
over three million members from around the world.
employees hold a large proportion of the company''s shares, the listing is expected
to create a number of millionaires, analysts say.
final goal is not to float the company but to create a great enterprise,"
Alibaba''s chairman Jack Ma said at the company''s annual meeting over the weekend.
She didn''t elaborate.
IPO, slated for the third quarter of the current year, is expected to raise 800
million Hong Kong dollars and take the company''s total market value to more than
$4 billion, Xinhua news agency reported.
Sachs Group Inc and Morgan Stanley will be the lead underwriters of Alibaba.com''s
IPO, said a source, but he declined to say when the listing would occur or how
much money it would raise.
company proposes to use the fund to expand its global business and optimise its
online trading services.
is the biggest source of revenue for Hangzhou-based Alibaba Group, in which Yahoo
Inc. holds a 40 per cent stake. Alibaba.com uses the internet to help match manufacturers
in China and elsewhere with potential buyers of their products.
Wu is expected to take up the newly created post of chief financial officer at
Alibaba.com at the end of this month. The group said 39-year-old Wu was formerly
a partner with KPMG and was involved in the audits and initial public offerings
of companies such as China Telecom Corp. and China Merchants Bank Co.
has chosen to list on Hong Kong in contrast to many Internet firms'' choice of
the Nasdaq Stock Market, where the investor base is more familiar with technology
companies and valuations are relatively higher.
Alibaba is well known to the Hong Kong market and is still likely to attract strong
without having to pay the higher costs of a US listing.