ec 8 (Reuters) - Alibaba Group is seeking up to $4 billion in debt financing, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, in a deal expected to help the Chinese e-commerce giant buy back a 40 percent stake in the company owned by Yahoo Inc.
Sources close to the situation said Rothschild, which is acting as debt adviser to Alibaba, had sent out term sheets to banks requesting underwritten proposals for the debt financing. The tenor of the debt expected to be up to three years. Reuters was unable to obtain a copy of the term sheets.
Alibaba Group, founded by entrepreneur and former English teacher Jack Ma, declined to comment. Alibaba, as a parent company, holds a 73.12 percent stake in Hong Kong listed Alibaba.com Ltd.
A Rothschild representative was not immediately available for comment
precisely....asian assets owned by yahoo provide yahoo with a pps floor. as time goes on, asian assets appreciate and those folks are dying to do the ipo on alibaba.......dying to do it. big money for alibaba insiders. huge wealth creation..... alibaba aint walking away from yahoo.....no way.
ali wants to do its ipo real real bad.....crazy bad..........they gonna play hardball w/yahoo but yahoo can just wait as ali value increases over time............alibaba dont have the leverage. yahoo has the leverage.