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Alibaba’s investment spree

Known for its aggressive investment policy, cash-rich Alibaba has made headlines with billion-dollar deals on both domestic and international grounds. Last week, the Chinese ecommerce giant invested $1.25 billion in Ele.me, a Shanghai-based food delivery service. It also paid $1 billion to acquire a controlling stake in Lazada, Southeast Asia’s top ecommerce platform. The deals happened a few months after Alibaba acquired Hong Kong-based newspaper South China Morning Post for $226 million. According to analysts, Alibaba targets to reach 6 trillion yuan in gross merchandise value (GMV) per year by 2020. We expect to see more investments from Alibaba in the coming months.

Alibaba buys control of Lazada for $1 billion

Southeast Asia’s number one shopping and selling platform, The Lazada Group, is about to get a lot bigger. Yesterday, the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba announced it’s paying $1 billion for a controlling stake in the Singapore-based e-commerce startup. With a capital of $3.7 billion to invest in e-commerce, logistics, media and entertainment sectors, the deal is part of Alibaba’s aggressive plan to expand internationally. According to sources, Alibaba is investing $500 million in newly issued Lazada shares and another $500 million to buy out existing shareholders, including Rocket Internet, Tesco PLC and Investment AB Kinnevik. The acquisition values Lazada at $1.5 billion.

You can read about the deal here.

Top 20 Asia & Pacific Deals for December 2014

Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
1$1,100,000,000Xiaomi ConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
3$804,000,000ChinaVision Media GroupAlibabaMediaAcquisition
5$575,000,000Financial Software and Systems Premji InvestSoftware & ServicesInvestment
7$475,000,000Renesas SP Drivers SynapticsHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
8$350,000,000Koudai Tencent, Tiger FundEcommerceInvestment
9$328,500,000ISSC Technologies CorporationMicrochip TechnologyHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
11$250,000,000GrabTaxi SoftBank Internet and MediaTransactionsInvestment
13$250,000,000NimbuzzNew Call TelecomMobile & AppsAcquisition
14$234,481,802Campaign MonitorInsight Venture PartnersSoftware & ServicesInvestment
17$200,000,000MideaXiaomiHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
20$195,000,000China South City HoldingsTencentTransactionsInvestment

More information

  1. Xiaomi confirms it raised monster $1.1B round and is now valued at $45B (VentureBeat)
  2. India’s Flipkart Raises $1 Billion, Among The Largest In Single Funding Round In Global E-Commerce (Forbes)
  3. Alibaba Pays $804M To Take Majority Stake In TV And Movie Producer ChinaVision (TechCrunch)
  4. Flipkart secures another $600m, taking funding total to nearly $2.5bn (Red Herring)
  5. Financial Software and Systems Secures $57M in Fourth Funding (FinSMEs)
  6. Australia’s Seek to Buy Jobstreet in $524 Million Deal (Wall Street Journal)
  7. Synaptics announces acquisition of Japan’s Renesas SP Drivers (The China Post)
  8. Koudai secures giant $350 million Series C funding round (Red Herring)
  9. Microchip Technology about to acquire Taiwanese tech company for $328.5M (Phoenix Business Journal)
  10. Coupang Raises $300M in Financing (FinSMEs)
  11. GrabTaxi Receives US$250M Investment from SoftBank Internet and Media (FinSMEs)
  12. Lazada, Rocket Internet’s Amazon Clone In Southeast Asia, Raises $250M Led By Temasek (TechCrunch)
  13. Messaging App Nimbuzz Goes To UK’s New Call In $250M Deal (TechCrunch)
  14. Campaign Monitor partners with Insight Venture Partners (Campaign Monitor)
  15. Olacabs raises $210 million from Japan’s SoftBank Corp; enters $1b Club (Economic Times)
  16. Flipkart Raises $210M In New Funding From DST Global And Returning Investors (TechCrunch)
  17. Xiaomi Furthers Its Smart Home Ambition With $200M Investment In Appliance Maker Midea (TechCrunch)
  18. Social Shopping Platform Mogujie Raises $200 million Funding at a Valuation of $1 billion (TechNode)
  19. China’s Ctrip invests over $200 million in an online ticketing site (Tech In Asia)
  20. Tencent Invests $195M In Logistics Firm China South City To Compete With Alibaba (TechCrunch)

Top 20 Deals for November 2014

Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
1$19,000,000,000WhatsAppFacebookMobile & AppsAcquisition
2$9,670,032,000OnoVodafoneHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
3$9,247,968,000Global Village TelecomTelefonicaHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
4$5,700,000,000TW TelecomLevel 3Software & ServicesAcquisition
5$5,300,000,000MICROS SystemsOracleHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
6$3,500,000,000 Trulia ZillowTransactionsAcquisition
7$3,200,000,000Nest LabsGoogleHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
8$3,000,000,000Beats ElectronicsAppleHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
9$2,500,000,000Compuware Thoma BravoSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
11$2,300,000,000IBM (x86-based server business)LenovoHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
12$2,300,000,000ConversantAlliance DataMarketingAcquisition
13$2,000,000,000Oculus VRFacebookHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
14$1,650,000,000Mercury Payment VantivTransactionsAcquisition
15$1,500,000,000AirWatchVMWareMobile & AppsAcquisition
17$1,200,000,000Multimedia Games Global Cash AccessGamesAcquisition
18$1,200,000,000Uber ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
19$1,100,000,000Fusion-ioSanDiskHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition

More information

  1. Facebook Buying WhatsApp For $19B, Will Keep The Messaging Service Independent (TechCrunch)
  2. Vodafone completes €7.2 billion acquisition of Ono (Vodafone)
  3. Vivendi, Telefonica seal 7.2-billion-euro Brazilian broadband deal (Reuters UK)
  4. Level 3 Agrees to Buy TW Telecom in $5.7 Billion Deal (Bloomberg)
  5. Oracle buys MICROS Systems for $5.3 billion (ZDNet)
  6. Zillow To Acquire Trulia In $3.5B Stock-For-Stock Deal (TechCrunch)
  7. Google buys Nest Labs for $3.2 billion (CNN)
  8. Apple finally confirms its $3B acquisition of Beats Electronics (VentureBeat)
  9. Compuware to Be Acquired by Thoma Bravo for $2.5 Billion (Wall Street Journal)
  10. Minecraft’ Developer Mojang Acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 Billion as Notch Moves On (TouchArcade)
  11. Lenovo agrees to buy IBM’s server business for $US2.3 billion (ARN)
  12. Alliance Data to acquire Conversant for $2.3 billion (LA Times)
  13. Facebook is buying Oculus for $2B to ‘get ready for the platform of tomorrow’ (VentureBeat)
  14. Vantiv Buys Mercury Payment From Silver Lake for $1.65 Billion (Bloomberg)
  15. VMWare’s $1.5B AirWatch Buy All About Mobile Workplace (TechCrunch)
  16. Uber Closes $1.2BN Financing Round (FinSMEs)
  17. Global Cash Access to Acquire Multimedia Games (Owler)
  18. Uber Confirms New $1.2B Funding Round At $40B Valuation (TechCrunch)
  19. SanDisk to acquire Fusion-io for $1.1BN (FinSMEs)
  20. India’s Flipkart Raises $1 Billion, Among The Largest In Single Funding Round In Global E-Commerce (Forbes)