土豆。Alibaba to buy remainder of video site Youku
The Chinese ecommerce giant is seeking to take full control of New
York-listed Youku Tudou, the Chinese video hosting site in which it
acquired a stake in 2014.
Alibaba is proposing to buy all of the shares it doesn't already own in
Youku Tudou for $26.60 a share in cash. Shares in Youku Tudou closed on
Thursday at $20.43. 阿里巴巴提
Alibaba said it had made the proposal with the support of the founding
shareholders of Youku, including Victor Koo, Chengwei Capital and their
Alibaba currently has an 18.3 per cent stake in the video hosting site.
Daniel Zhang, chief executive officer of Alibaba said:
We believe that the proposed transaction, with tighter integration of
our resources, will help Youku achieve exciting growth in the years
ahead by leveraging Alibaba's assets in living-room entertainment,
e-commerce, advertising and data analytics.
Digital products, especially video, are just as important as physical
goods in e-commerce, and Youku's high-quality video content will be a
core component of Alibaba's digital product offering in the future.
Alibaba is proposing that Youku's founder, Victor Koo, would continue to
lead the business as chairman and chief executive officer. Alibaba's
executive chairman Jack Ma said:
"A closer partnership with Youku will give us the opportunity to support
Victor and his leadership team to fulfill the dream of building the
leading digital entertainment platform in China.