Alibaba acquires HK's South-China Morning Post for $266 mn

14 Dec 2015 | Written by Vaneet Randhawa; Edited by Mansi Motwani

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd invested $266 million in a deal to acquire SCMP Group Ltd's South China Morning Post and its other media assets.

SCMP Group Ltd said an "uncertain" future for conventional publishing was the key rationale behind the sale.

This all-cash acquisition transfers control of the 112-year-old English newspaper to Chinese billionaire Jack Ma from Malaysian tycoon Robert Kuok.

In context: Alibaba: Increasing its media footprint

Introduction The Alibaba giant is born

Alibaba Group Holding Limited is a Chinese e-commerce giant that provides "consumer-to consumer, business-to-consumer, business-to-business'' sales services through online websites.

The company was founded in 1999 by Jack Ma (richest man in China).

The company which is the fastest growing online portal, also provides online payment services along with a retail search engine and offers data-centric computing services.

Largest e-commerce site in the world

A survey by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) ranked the Alibaba Group as the "world's largest e-commerce company by gross merchandise value-volume of goods and services being transacted", followed by Amazon and eBay.
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14 Dec 2015Alibaba acquires HK's South-China Morning Post for $266 mn

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