Tag Archives: Lazada

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) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $1,100,000,000 Xiaomi Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
2 $1,000,000,000 Flipkart Consortium Ecommerce Investment
3 $804,000,000 ChinaVision Media Group Alibaba Media Acquisition
4 $600,000,000 Flipkart Consortium Ecommerce Investment
5 $575,000,000 Financial Software and Systems Premji Invest Software & Services Investment
6 $523,500,000 Jobstreet Seek Transactions Acquisition
7 $475,000,000 Renesas SP Drivers Synaptics Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
8 $350,000,000 Koudai Tencent, Tiger Fund Ecommerce Investment
9 $328,500,000 ISSC Technologies Corporation Microchip Technology Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
10 $300,000,000 Coupang Consortium Ecommerce Investment
11 $250,000,000 GrabTaxi SoftBank Internet and Media Transactions Investment
12 $250,000,000 Lazada Consortium Ecommerce Investment
13 $250,000,000 Nimbuzz New Call Telecom Mobile & Apps Acquisition
14 $234,481,802 Campaign Monitor Insight Venture Partners Software & Services Investment
15 $210,000,000 Olacabs SoftBank Transactions Investment
16 $210,000,000 Flipkart Consortium Ecommerce Investment
17 $200,000,000 Midea Xiaomi Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
18 $200,000,000 Mogujie Consortium Media Investment
19 $200,000,000 LY.com Ctrip Transactions Investment
20 $195,000,000 China South City Holdings Tencent Transactions Investment

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) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $19,000,000,000 WhatsApp Facebook Mobile & Apps Acquisition
2 $9,670,032,000 Ono Vodafone Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
3 $9,247,968,000 Global Village Telecom Telefonica Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
4 $5,700,000,000 TW Telecom Level 3 Software & Services Acquisition
5 $5,300,000,000 MICROS Systems Oracle Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
6 $3,500,000,000 Trulia Zillow Transactions Acquisition
7 $3,200,000,000 Nest Labs Google Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
8 $3,000,000,000 Beats Electronics Apple Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
9 $2,500,000,000 Compuware Thoma Bravo Software & Services Acquisition
10 $2,500,000,000 Mojang Microsoft Games Acquisition
11 $2,300,000,000 IBM (x86-based server business) Lenovo Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
12 $2,300,000,000 Conversant Alliance Data Marketing Acquisition
13 $2,000,000,000 Oculus VR Facebook Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
14 $1,650,000,000 Mercury Payment Vantiv Transactions Acquisition
15 $1,500,000,000 AirWatch VMWare Mobile & Apps Acquisition
16 $1,200,000,000 Uber Consortium Transactions Investment
17 $1,200,000,000 Multimedia Games Global Cash Access Games Acquisition
18 $1,200,000,000 Uber Consortium Transactions Investment
19 $1,100,000,000 Fusion-io SanDisk Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
20 $1,000,000,000 Flipkart Consortium Ecommerce Investment

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)