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INTERNET: Baidu’s Woes Grow, A China Opening for Bing or Yahoo?

Bottom line: Baidu will suffer more damage to its revenue and profits after new actions by China’s Cyberspace Administration, creating a potential opportunity for Bing or even Yahoo in China’s lucrative search market.

Baidu’s search woes offer opportunity for Bing, Yahoo

The woes for Internet search giant Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) continue, with word that China’s Internet censor is ordering the already hobbled company to cleanse itself of inappropriate sites in its search results. But whereas previous crackdowns have focused on politically sensitive content, this latest crackdown focuses on sites of companies that may be engaged in fraud or making inflated or bogus claims. The entire situation looks set to make a major dent in Baidu’s growth story, and could even see the company’s revenue shrink as it finds a new equilibrium. Read Full Post…

BUYOUTS: iKang War Re-heats, 21Vianet in Stealth De-Listing?

Bottom line: A new China Life bid for iKang could trump Yunfeng, while 21Vianet could be mounting a stealth privatization bid that would see it slowly sell most of its shares to big buyers before mounting a formal de-listing attempt.

China Life eyeing bid for iKang?

A few strange twists are taking place in the story that has seen some 40 US-listed Chinese companies launch privatization bids since the start of last year, led by the surprise re-heating of a bidding war for private clinic operator iKang (iKang). In a separate headline, data center operator 21Vianet (Nasdaq: VNET) gave a new signal that it will abandon a previous buyout offer and may launch a stealth de-listing bid instead. And in the strangest development, the board of web portal operator Sohu (Nasdaq: SOHU) has rejected an investment plan by the company’s founder that looked like a prelude to a possible buyout offer at the time. Read Full Post…

China News Digest: June 17, 2016

The following press releases and news reports about China companies were carried on June 17. To view a full article or story, click on the link next to the headline.

  • Sohu (Nasdaq: SOHU) Rejects Investment Proposal From CEO, Seeks Other Options (PRNewswire)
  • Japan’s Rakuten (Tokyo: 4755), NetEase (Nasdaq: NTES) in E-Commerce Tie-Up (Chinese article)
  • 21Vianet (Nasda: VNET) Announces Addition To Board, Gets $388 Mln Investment (GlobeNewswire)
  • China Life (HKEx: 2628) to Challenge Yunfeng in Bidding for iKang (Nasdaq: KANG) (Chinese article)
  • Berlin Approves Midea (Shenzhen: 000333) Bid for Kuka (Frankfurt: KU2) (English article)


INTERNET: Baidu Pays $1.3 Bln Price for Transparency

Bottom line: Baidu’s long-term revenues will decline by 15-20 percent from current levels as a result of a cut-back in sponsored links and new transparency policies that will scare away some of its advertisers. 

Baidu cuts Q2 revenue outlook

What’s the cost of being honest, or at least a little more honest? If your name is Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU), apparently the answer is about $400 million, which is how much China’s leading search engine has just lowered its latest quarterly revenue forecast after taking steps to become more transparent. Put differently, the figure is about one-eighth of Baidu’s previous revenue forecast for the quarter, meaning it would translate to lost revenue of about $1.3 billion of the $10.25 billion it generated for all of last year. Read Full Post…

China News Digest: May 20, 2016

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

  • Temasek, CIC-KKR Advance to 2nd Round of Yum (NYSE: YUM) China Stake Sale (English article)
  • BT (London: BT) Applies for Telecoms Value Added Service License In Shanghai FTZ (Chinese aticle)
  • Sohu’s (Nasdaq: SOHU) Sogou Integrates Bing’s English Search Results (English article)
  • One Year After Trading Suspension, What Has Happened to Hanergy (HKEx: 566)? (Chinese article)
  • Bank of China (HKEx: 3988) Plans 1st Bad Loan Securitization Since 2008 (English article)

INTERNET: Xunlei Swings to Loss, Where’s Xiaomi?

Bottom line: Xunlei’s performance and stock price could come under pressure over the next year due to stiff competition in China’s consolidating online video market and lack of support from struggling strategic partner Xiaomi.

Xunlei swings to quarterly loss

As rumors swirl of a potential merger between the online video services of Tencent (HKEx: 700) and Sohu (Nasdaq: SOHU), smaller rival Xunlei (Nasdaq: XNET) has just announced its latest quarterly results that show why it may be difficult for the company to remain independent in the rapidly consolidating sector. Xunlei swung to a loss in the quarter and saw its revenue contract — hardly encouraging signs for a company that’s already quite a small player in China’s fiercely competitive online video market.

The big “elephant in the room” in this instance is struggling former smartphone sensation Xiaomi, which purchased 30 percent of Xunlei around the time of its 2014 IPO for a reported price of about $200 million. Xiaomi went on to form a content distribution service with Xunlei last summer, leading me to predict that it could make an offer to buy the company outright. (previous post) Read Full Post…

INTERNET: Sohu Playing Video with Tencent?

Bottom line: Sohu is likely to combine its online video service with Tencent’s in an ongoing consolidation of the Chinese sector, and the tie-up could presage a Tencent-backed privatization bid for Sohu later this year.

Sohu, Tencent in video merger?

More consolidation could be coming in China’s online video sector, with word that web portal Sohu (Nasdaq: SOHU) may soon sell a major stake in its video service to social networking giant Tencent (HKEx: 700). The move would follow a similar tie-up between this pair in the online search space, and might lead some to wonder if Tencent may even be preparing an eventual bid for Sohu itself. I’ll end the suspense on that matter by saying such a sale seems unlikely, for reasons I’ll explain later. But the pair could still ultimately do more deals together

This particular tie-up would mean that China’s online video sector is firmly consolidating around the country’s 3 biggest Internet companies and a handful of others. Leading search engine Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) is closely associated with Qiyi.com, a leading player, while Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) last year purchased Youku Tudou, another leader. The other major player is LeEco (Shenzhen: 300104), formerly known as LeTV, and state-owned broadcasters in Shanghai and Hunan are also making big pushes into the space. Read Full Post…

China News Digest: March 5-7, 2016

The following press releases and news reports about Chinese companies were carried on March 5-7. To view a full article or story, click on the link next to the headline.

  • Wanda’s AMC (NYSE: AMC) Theater Chain to Buy Carmike for $1.1 Bln (English article)
  • Tencent (HKEx: 700) to Invest $1 Bln in Sohu (Nasdaq: SOHU) Video Unit – Source (Chinese article)
  • Adidas (Frankfurt: ADS) to Boost China Outlets by a Third With 3,000 Stores (English article)
  • Hutchison China MediTech Announces Launch of Potential US IPO of ADSs (Businesswire)
  • Bank of China (HKEx: 3988) to Spin Off, Separately List BOC Aviation Unit (HKEx announcement)
  • Latest calendar for Q4 earnings reports (Earnings calendar)

News Digest: January 23-25, 2016

The following press releases and media reports about Chinese companies were carried on January 23-25. To view a full article or story, click on the link next to the headline.

  • ZTE (HKEx: 763) Eye) 70 Mln Smartphone Sales in 2016, Up 25 Pct, Cautious On China (Chinese article)
  • Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) to Open First China Shopping Center, Eyes Cross-Border E-Commerce (Chinese article)
  • Used Car Auction Website Uxin Raises $400 Mln Series D Funding – Source (English article)
  • Sohu (Nasdaq: SOHU) Workers Punished, 2 Fired for Related Party Transactions (Chinese article)
  • Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Pay to Launch in China in February – Bank Document (Chinese article)

E-COMMERCE: Moutai Scandal Wipes Shine Off Vipshop

Bottom line: Vipshop shop shares could see some upside if the company improves its public relations and its revenue and profit growth stabilize at current levels.

Vipshop dogged by fake liquor scandal

A scandal involving pirated liquor is cooling down former e-commerce high-flyer Vipshop (NYSE: VIPS), in an episode reminiscent of a much larger brouhaha that devoured sector leader Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) almost exactly a year ago. In this case, the scandal involving fake Moutai liquor has been dragging on for more than 2 weeks now, and the latest development has Vipshop apologizing for its lack of transparency in handling the incident.

Some are saying this particular scandal could just be the tip of the iceberg, and that numerous other fake products could be lurking on Vipshop’s website that specializes in bargains for lesser-known brands. But in my view, slowing growth is the real cause for concern among Vipshop investors, many of whom are taking advantage of this news as an excuse to sell their stock. Read Full Post…

BUYOUTS: Sohu’s Cryptic Offer, Yingli’s Reverse Split

Bottom line: Sohu is likely to announce receipt of a formal buyout offer in the next few days, while the government in Yingli’s hometown of Baoding should seriously consider a similar buyout bid for the company.

Sohu gives mixed signals on buyout intentions

Amid the current privatization wave that is seeing dozens of Chinese companies launch plans to de-list their shares from New York, Internet industry stalwart Sohu (Nasdaq: SOHU) has announced its own offer that is leaving many people scratching their heads. After a day of looking for answers following Sohu’ss issue of its original announcement of plans for a $600 million investment, Chinese media are now reporting that the company has indeed received a privatization offer.

Meantime, fading solar panel maker Yingli (NYSE: YGE) is probably wishing it would receive its own privatization offer, as it piles up massive losses and its stock rapidly loses value. The company’s shares have been trading below the $1 level in New York since May, prompting the New York Stock Exchange to threaten de-listing for failing to meet its minimum price requirement. Now the company has just announced a reverse share split to bring its stock back above the $1 mark, sparking another sell-off in its shares. Read Full Post…