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Alibaba Group Holding Limited
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Emcee:  Glenn Petersen Type:  Moderated
Alibaba Group Holding Limited, China’s largest e-commerce company, is planning an initial public offering that could raise as much as $20 billion, which would make it the largest IPO in U.S. history. The IPO is expected to give the company a post-offering valuation somewhere in the vicinity of $200 billion.

The company has set the initial price range for its shares at $60 to $66 per share, valuing the company at approximately $155 billion. Alibaba’s road show is expected to begin on September 8. The pricing will be finalized on the evening of September 17 and the shares are currently scheduled to begin trading on the morning of September 18 under the stock symbol BABA.

The fast growing, hugely profitable Alibaba is not without controversy. Alibaba’s corporate governance structure is unorthodox and Jack Ma, the company’s CEO, has a reputation for making quick decisions and closing on investments and acquisitions without a lot of due diligence. Of course, the same could be said of Mark Zuckerberg. Moreover, some of Alibaba’s acquisitions have raised conflict of interest allegations against Mr. Ma. Also, it was recently disclosed that Alibaba’s IPO will result in a windfall for some of the relatives of China’s leaders. Transparency is one of my concerns.

Alibaba’s largest pre-offering shareholders are Softbank (34.3%) and Yahoo (22.5%). Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, owns 8.9% of the company. Yahoo is contractually committed to selling a bit less than 27% of its position in the IPO. The remainder of the shares will be locked up for one year.

This board has been created for the purpose of discussing Alibaba’s stock price, financial prospects, actual results, management decisions and the merits of its business model. It is neither a Bulls nor a Bears board and all opinions are welcome. Hopefully, we can avoid the “to the moon” and “Alibaba sucks” commentary.

The board is moderated and my expectation is that everyone will be civil to one another. Pretend that your mother is reading the board and that she knows your virtual handle. No name calling and please avoid engaging in political commentary unless it has a specific bearing on Alibaba.

SEC filings: http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&CIK=0001577552&owner=exclude&count=40&hidefilings=0

Alibaba website:
http://www.alibaba.com/

Revenue (millions)
Three months ending June 30, 2014: $2,542
Year ending March 31, 2014: $8,463

Net earnings (millions)

Three months ending June 30, 2014: $1,990
Year ending March 31, 2014: $3,720

Earnings per share (fully diluted)
Three months ending June 30, 2014: $.84
Year ending March 31, 2014: $1.61



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626Intel, Alibaba launch a joint edge computing platform zdnet.comJulius Wong-September 21
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622Alibaba chairman Jack Ma is getting ready to quit markets.siliconinvestor.com MaJakeStraw1September 7
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620Alibaba pioneers online doctor consultations, round-the-clock medicine delivery Julius Wong-August 30
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618Alibaba confirms it raised $3B for its newly consolidated local services businesGlenn Petersen1August 23
617Alibaba Group Announces June Quarter 2018 Results markets.siliconinvestor.com “WJakeStraw3August 23
616Alibaba earnings: Spending for a future beyond e-commerce marketwatch.comJulius Wong-August 18
615Alibaba: The Right Time To Buy seekingalpha.comJakeStraw-August 17
614Alibaba Group Holding (BABA) Now Oversold m.nasdaq.comJakeStraw-August 16
613Kroger will begin to sell its products on Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba, the lJakeStraw-August 14
612Alibaba is reportedly planning to merge its China food delivery businesses to taJakeStraw-August 7
611Ding! Alibaba office app fuels backlash among some Chinese workers Yawen Chen, Glenn Petersen-August 5
610Alibaba signs a partnership with Starbucks: Message 31727159Glenn Petersen-August 1
609WSJ.com has: Jack Ma’s Giant Financial Startup Is Shaking the Chinese Banking SSr K-July 29
608Alibaba's Movie Business Dominates the Chinese Box Office fool.comJakeStraw-July 27
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