BEIJING, Sept. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Bitauto Holdings Limited ("Bitauto" or the "Company") (BITA), a leading provider of internet content & marketing services, and transaction services for China's fast-growing automotive industry, today announced that its Board of Directors (the "Board") has formed a special committee consisting of three independent directors, Mr. Erhai Liu, Ms. Annabelle Yu Long and Mr. Jun Hou, to consider the previously announced preliminary non-binding "going private" proposal set out in a September 12, 2019 letter from Tencent Holdings Limited and Hammer Capital. Mr. Liu chairs the special committee. The special committee has retained Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as its U.S. legal counsel.
The Board cautions the Company's shareholders and others considering trading in its securities that the Board only recently received the non-binding proposal letter and no decisions have been made with respect to the Company's response to the Transaction. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any agreement will be executed or that this or any other transaction will be approved or consummated. The Company does not undertake any obligation to provide any updates with respect to this or any other transaction, except as required under applicable law.
About Bitauto Holdings Limited
Bitauto Holdings Limited (BITA) is a leading provider of internet content & marketing services, and transaction services for China's fast-growing automotive industry. Bitauto's business consists of three segments: advertising and subscription business, transaction services business and digital marketing solutions business.
Bitauto's advertising and subscription business provides a variety of advertising services to automakers through the bitauto.com website and corresponding mobile apps which provide consumers with up-to-date automobile pricing and promotional information, specifications, reviews and consumer feedback. Bitauto also provides transaction-focused online advertisements and services for promotional activities to its business partners, including automakers, automobile dealers, auto finance partners and insurance companies. Bitauto offers subscription services via its SaaS platform, which provides web-based and mobile-based integrated digital marketing solutions to new car automobile dealers in China. The SaaS platform enables automobile dealer subscribers to create their own online showrooms, list pricing and promotional information, provide automobile dealer contact information, place advertisements and manage customer relationships to help them reach a broad set of purchase-minded customers and effectively market their automobiles to consumers online.
Bitauto's transaction services business is primarily conducted by its controlled subsidiary, Yixin Group Limited (2858.HK), a leading online automobile finance transaction platform in China, which provides transaction platform services as well as self-operated financing services.
Bitauto's digital marketing solutions business provides automakers with one-stop digital marketing solutions, including website creation and maintenance, online public relations, online marketing campaigns, advertising agent services, big data applications and digital image creation.
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