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Sina latest Business & Financial news overview of Doug Young, the Expert on Chinese companies, (former Journalist and Chief editor at Reuters)

News Digest: August 20, 2015

The following press releases and media reports about Chinese companies were carried on August 20. To view a full article or story, click on the link next to the headline.

  • Huayi Bros (Shenzhen: 300027), Ping An Bank in 30 Bln Yuan Entertainment Tie-Up (Chinese article)
  • Lenovo (HKEx: 992) Joins Smartphone Compatriots for ’Make in India’ (English article)
  • Sina (Nasdaq: SINA) Reports Q2 Financial Results (PRNewswire)
  • Fund Piles Into Baofeng Tech (Shenzhen: 300431), Becomes Top Shareholder (Chinese article)
  • Tuniu (Nasdaq: TOUR) Takes Over JD.com’s Online Travel Business After Tie-Up (Chinese article)
  • Latest calendar for Q2 earnings reports (Earnings calendar)

MEDIA: Phoenix New Media Stumbles on Inability to Adapt

Bottom line: Phoenix Satellite and its new media arm will continue to sputter due to China’s slowing economy and a lackluster move into mobile advertising, and founder Liu Changle should consider selling the company.

Slow move to mobile saps Phoenix New Media

Things aren’t looking too good these days for Hong Kong-based Phoenix Satellite (HKEx: 2008), a former rising star in China’s tightly controlled media market that has stumbled badly due to its inability to adapt to a changing industry landscape. Phoenix warned of a major profit decline last month due to a soft TV ad market (previous post), and now its younger Phoenix New Media (NYSE: FENG) unit is also showing signs of distress due to a heavy reliance on portal advertising delivered over traditional desktop computers.

The new quarterly earnings report from Phoenix New Media does contain one bright spot, namely a 124 percent increase in revenue from advertising services offered over smartphones and other mobile devices. (company announcement) But that part of the business is still quite small, with the result that Phoenix New Media reported overall advertising revenue growth of just 7.2 percent, and overall revenue growth of 2.9 percent during the second quarter of this year. Read Full Post…

MEDIA: Luxury Slowdown Clips Phoenix’s Wings

Bottom line: Sputtering demand for luxury goods and cars is likely to hamstring Phoenix Satellite TV’s earnings for at least the next year, as the company increasingly loses ground to new media rivals.

Sliding luxury demand undermines Phoenix

The recent slowdown in China’s luxury goods market is claiming one of its first victims in the media realm, with Phoenix Satellite TV (HKEx: 2008) warning that a sudden chill in luxury ad sales has wiped out its profits in the first half of the year. The news certainly doesn’t bode well for traditional media companies, which are a favored place for luxury goods makers to advertise. Car makers are another major source of ad revenue for these older media companies, and rapidly slowing sales in that sector also means that names like Phoenix and even some new media high-flyers like Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) and Sina (Nasdaq: SINA) could be looking at a difficult period ahead. Read Full Post…

INTERNET: Microblogs Slump, Financial Services Surge in H1

Bottom line: Internet-based financial services should continue to boom over the next few years, while a rapid decline in microblogging could start to ease now that Weibo has consolidated its position as market leader.

Weibo consolidates microblogging market

China’s Internet data tracker has just released a slew of figures for the first half of the year, painting a rosy picture for companies like Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) and others that are moving aggressively into online financial services. At the other end of the spectrum, microblogging continued its rapid decline, as marginal players retreated and industry leader Weibo (Nasdaq: WB) consolidated its position.

On a broader level, I was surprised to see the growth rate in overall Internet users slow sharply in the first half of this year, even as the number of people accessing the web over their mobile phones continued to post strong growth. I also took the time to tally up the subscriber totals for China’s big 3 telcos in the first half of the year, which shows that the dominant China Mobile (HKEx: 941; NYSE: CHL) gained share on its 2 smaller rivals as it aggressively promoted its year-old 4G service. Read Full Post…

BUYOUTS: Irrelevant Mecox Lane Limps Into Buyout Queue

Bottom line: Mecox Lane’s privatization plan should succeed, but the company is likely to continue its decline even if it re-lists in China under its current lackluster management.

Mecox Lane gets buyout offer

The current privatization wave is giving me a chance to revisit some companies that I haven’t written about in quite a while such as former e-commerce superstar Mecox Lane (Nasdaq: MCOX), which has just become the latest name to receive a buyout offer. In a slightly surprising twist, Mecox Lane’s shares tanked after it made the announcement, losing more than 8 percent to close around 20 percent below the buyout offer price.

Mecox’s announcement is one of the smallest so far in terms of deal value, since the company only has a market value of about $40 million. That’s even less than the $63 million education specialist New Oriental (NYSE: EDU) will need to pay an unusual special dividend announced just a day earlier, in a move I interpreted as a signal that the company had no plans to join the exodus of Chinese companies from New York. (previous post) Read Full Post…

INTERNET: Weibo Takes New Shot at E-Commerce

Bottom line: Weibo’s new micro-showcasing e-commerce initiative looks well-conceived and could stand a good chance of success, but the company needs to move faster if it wants to compete over the longer term with more aggressive rivals.

Weibo & E-Commerce in China

Weibo launches new e-commerce initiative

After posting profits in the last 2 quarters, early social networking (SNS) leader Weibo (Nasdaq: WB) is aiming to bolster its longer-term residence in the black with a new drive into the lucrative but also highly competitive e-commerce space. The move looks a bit late, since many were hoping for quicker moves into e-commerce for Weibo 2 years ago after its landmark tie-up with sector gorilla Alibaba (NYSE: BABA).

But the cautious Weibo was never one to move too quickly, and in this case its newest initiative actually looks quite well conceived and customized to fit the usage patterns of its subscribers. That means it could have a good chance of success, perhaps helping to lift the company’s sagging stock. But that said, Weibo will still have to vie with similar services from a faster-moving Tencent (HKEx: 700), which is aggressively rolling out e-commerce services tied to its popular WeChat social networking (SNS) platform. Read Full Post…

BUYOUTS: Vimicro, CNIT, AirMedia Line Up; Sina Joins E-House Bid

Bottom line: The next 2 weeks could see another 3-5 US-listed Chinese companies announce buy-out bids, but the number will slow after that and many deals could collapse if China’s stock market rally falters.

3 more names join buy-out queue

Another 3 companies have joined the fast-growing privatization queue over China’s long holiday weekend, leading me to create the temporary tag of “buyouts” for headlines describing this brief but explosive story. For anyone who hasn’t followed that story closely, the current quarter has now seen 19 privatizations unveiled by US-listed Chinese firms, including the 3 latest announcements from video surveillance specialist Vimicro (Nasdaq: VMIC), advertising specialist AirMedia (Nasdaq: AMCN) and IT services provider China Information Technology (Nasdaq: CNIT).

In related news, leading web portal Sina (Nasdaq: SINA) has announced it is joining a group making a previously announced privatization bid for E-House (NYSE: EJ), one of China’s leading real estate services companies. That particular move looks related to an existing alliance between the 2 companies, and thus probably just marks a continuation of that relationship that I’ll describe below.

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News Digest: June 20-23, 2015

The following press releases and media reports about Chinese companies were carried on June 20-23. To view a full article or story, click on the link next to the headline.

  • SMG’s Oriental Pearl (Shanghai: 600637) Enters Internet TV After Reorganization (Chinese article)
  • Sina (Nasdaq: SINA) Joins Consortium in E-House (NYSE: EJ) Privatization Plan (PRNewswire)
  • Hershey (NYSE: HSY) Cuts Annual Profit Forecast After China Growth Slows (English article)
  • JD.com (Nasdaq: JD) Responds to Short Seller Attack, Calls Report Misleading (Chinese article)
  • AirMedia (Nasdaq: AMCN) Announces Receipt of  “Going Private” Proposal (PRNewswire)

MEDIA: LeTV, iQiyi, Youku Snared In Crackdown — Again

Bottom line: Beijing’s latest online video clean-up is part of its drive to guide a bigger transition from a traditional TV to an Internet-based broadcasting landscape, with more similar moves likely over the next 1-2 years.

Beijing cracks down on cartoons

It’s been at least a month or two since Beijing’s latest crackdown on unhealthy Internet content, so it should come as no surprise that the morality police have launched yet another campaign, this time targeting cartoons. The latest dragnet has snared video superstar LeTV (Shenzhen: 300104), Baidu-backed (Nasdaq: BIDU) iQiyi and most other top industry players, who are among 29 companies being investigated in this latest web clampdown.

China’s broader Internet clean-up campaign is now actually entering its second year, and dates back to April last year when leading web portal Sina (Nasdaq: SINA) had its video license revoked for hosting pornographic content. (previous post) Since then, nearly ever major video site has been investigated and punished at one point or another, and social networking sites (SNS) like Tencent (HKEx: 700) WeChat have also embarked on clean-ups of controversial content. Read Full Post…

INTERNET: Sina CEO Turns Attention To Company Revival

Bottom line: A major new investment in Sina by CEO Charles Chao indicates he wants to take one last try at revitalizing the company’s core portal business, and might consider a sale if a good offer emerges.

Sina CEO Chao buys big stake in company

The China Internet world has been buzzing this week with speculation over what is driving a massive new personal investment of nearly $500 million in leading web portal Sina (Nasdaq: SINA) by its longtime CEO Charles Chao. I have quite a bit of respect for Chao, who is more of a western-style, bottom line-focused CEO than many of his Chinese Internet peers who run their companies like personal fiefdoms.

But that said, I’ve also previously said that Chao lacks the kind of bigger vision that many of his peers have, and that he should consider stepping aside to make way for some new leadership. Accordingly, perhaps this latest move by Chao augers a return to his company’s core portal business, following his focus over the last few years on building up its recently-listed Twitter-like Weibo (Nasdaq: WB) unit. That could be followed by his exit in a year or two, and even a possible sale of some or all of its remaining core assets. Read Full Post…

News Digest: June 3, 2015

The following press releases and media reports about Chinese companies were carried on June 3. To view a full article or story, click on the link next to the headline.

  • Focus Media To Inject Assets To Hongda (Shenzhen: 002211) For Up To 45.7 Bln Yuan (Chinese article)
  • Sina (Nasdaq: SINA) Announces Agreement with CEO for US$456 Mln Cash Investment (PRNewswire)
  • Taomee (NYSE: TAOM) Receives “Going Private” Proposal at $3.588 Per ADS (PRNewswire)
  • Wanda Cinema Line (Shenzhen: 002739) Buys Australian Cinema Chain Hoyts (English article)
  • Kunlun Tech (Shenzhen: 300418) To Buy Finnish Game Maker Supercell – Source (English article)