TME - Tencent Music Entertainment Group

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
-0.58 (-4.83%)
At close: 4:02PM EST
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Previous Close12.00
Bid11.42 x 2200
Ask11.53 x 4000
Day's Range11.36 - 12.06
52 Week Range11.36 - 19.97
Avg. Volume5,250,901
Market Cap19B
Beta (5Y Monthly)N/A
PE Ratio (TTM)35.25
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    Prominent Hedge Fund Bought Up Tencent Music ADRs When They Slid

    D1 Capital bought 4.7 million more American depositary receipts of the Chinese streaming-music platform, pushing its stake to up to 7.4%.

  • Tencent Music (TME) in Focus: Stock Moves 5.1% Higher

    Tencent Music (TME) in Focus: Stock Moves 5.1% Higher

    Tencent Music (TME) shares rose more than 5% in the last trading session, amid huge volumes.

  • PR Newswire

    Tencent Music Entertainment Group to Hold Annual General Meeting on December 16, 2019

    Tencent Music Entertainment Group ("Tencent Music", "TME", or the "Company") (NYSE: TME), the leading online music entertainment platform in China, today announced that it will hold its annual general meeting of shareholders (the "AGM") at Diamond I, Level 3, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong on December 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Hong Kong Time). No proposal will be submitted for shareholder approval at the AGM. Instead, the AGM will serve as an open forum for shareholders and beneficial owners of the Company's American Depositary Shares ("ADSs") to discuss Company affairs with management.

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    TENCENT MUSIC DEADLINE ALERT: Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Encourages Investors Who Suffered Losses Exceeding $50,000 In Tencent Music Entertainment Group To Contact The Firm

    Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities law firm, reminds investors in Tencent Music Entertainment Group ("Tencent Music" or the "Company") (NYSE: TME) of the November 25, 2019 deadline to seek the role of lead plaintiff in a federal securities class action that has been filed against the Company.

  • Thomson Reuters StreetEvents

    Edited Transcript of TME.N earnings conference call or presentation 12-Nov-19 1:00am GMT

    Q3 2019 Tencent Music Entertainment Group Earnings Call

  • 3 Media Stocks to Buy and Short

    3 Media Stocks to Buy and Short

    Following turns at the earnings altar and spinning quarterly results for Wall Street, media stocks Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI), Spotify (NYSE:SPOT) and Tencent Music (NYSE:TME) are striking chords with bulls and bears. Let's examine SIRI stock, SPOT, and shares of TME and see which are stocks to buy or names to short in your portfolio.When the conversation of media stocks and streaming wars comes up, it's hard not to think of Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Disney (NYSE:DIS), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) or Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU). And for good reason. But it would be extremely short-sighted to think those companies are the end-all, be-all for making money. * 7 Tech Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 Right now there are good opportunities in other media stocks which may be flying under your radar. Bottom-line, on the heels of recent earnings announcements and well-played post-report reactions, SIRI, SPOT stock and TME are stocks to buy and short for profits in the weeks ahead.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips SIRI StockSirius XM is the first of our post-earnings broadcasting stocks. SIRI stock also happens to be a buy. If you thought one of media's original disruptors business fortunes had gone the way of fellow upstart TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO) as streaming became mainstream, you'd be mistaken. A recent mixed-but-bullish SIRI stock quarterly report reaffirmed SIRI's winning and profitable spot in today's market space.SIRI earnings also confirmed Wall Street is still listening. Technically, SIRI stock gained almost 4% in the aftermath of its quarterly confessional. Moreover, a bit of follow-thru in shares have filled a bearish gap and tackled the 62% retracement level within a healthy, common and near picture perfect 31% corrective cup-shaped base.SIRI Stock Strategy: Buy SIRI stock today. My recommendation is a stop-loss below $6.33. This opens up risk of around 9%. The strategy only closes out the position if shares fall beneath the 50% retracement level and weekly closing highs within a low consolidation formed in front of earnings. SPOT StockSpotify is the next of our post-earnings media stocks. Like Sirius, SPOT is also a stock to buy. The world's largest streaming music platform posted a surprise and massive profit beat, solid subscriber growth, and topped Street sales views.By the numbers, SPOT earnings saw profits of 40 cents per share blast estimates of a loss of 32 cents. Revenues of $1.92 billion ramped higher by 28% and narrowly beat forecasts of $1.9 billion, while monthly active users grew 30% to 248 million.Technically, the report struck a chord with investors. SPOT stock spiked higher by 16%. Over the past several sessions shares have been busy consolidating those gains in a constructive pullback pattern. The observation is after two prior attempts at failing to break above Fibonacci resistance, the third time will prove the charm. * 7 Great High-Yield Stocks With Payouts Over 5% SPOT Stock Strategy: I'd recommend waiting on some upside price confirmation, but not too much. My advice is to buy SPOT stock if shares can reclaim $150. The entry for this stock to buy also rests on Spotify holding above $139. I'd use a pending daily or weekly chart pattern low as the stop-loss. If shares can rally, I'd smartly wait until $190 - $200 is challenged before taking partial profits. TME StockTencent Music is the last of our media stocks following earnings. TME isn't a stock to buy though, it's a short. Based on what I'm seeing from other strategists at InvestorPlace, I'm alone on this call. But after reporting 'soothing results' which failed to drum up support from investors, it's time to respect what the price chart has to say.Tuesday's post-earnings aftermath saw TME stock fall 8%. More important to the bear case, shares established a weekly downtrend after confirming a lower high candlestick pattern. Price action also breached a support line tied to TME's all-time low. And with stochastics signaling a bearish overbought crossover, all signs point to a short in this media stock.TME Stock Strategy: TME stock is a short at current prices. To contain exposure, I'd suggest a stop-loss at $14.75. This exit allows for 12% of stock risk and is marginally above the weekly lower-high pivot. If conditions in this media stock go according to plan and new lows are formed, I'd look to take initial profits in-between $10 - $11 per share.Investment accounts under Christopher Tyler's management do not currently own positions in securities mentioned in this article. The information offered is based upon Christopher Tyler's observations and strictly intended for educational purposes only; the use of which is the responsibility of the individual. For additional market insights and related musings, follow Chris on Twitter @Options_CAT and StockTwits More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Tech Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 7 Biotech Stocks to Buy With Plenty of Power in the Pipeline * 5 Stocks to Buy That Are Set for Monster Growth in 2020 The post 3 Media Stocks to Buy and Short appeared first on InvestorPlace.


    Dow Flat on Tuesday

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  • Tencent Music (TME) Q3 Earnings In Line, Revenues Up Y/Y

    Tencent Music (TME) Q3 Earnings In Line, Revenues Up Y/Y

    Tencent Music's (TME) third-quarter 2019 results benefit from expanded paid mobile subscriber base and increase in the number of users willing to pay for premium music service.

  • Tencent Music Earnings Report In Line With Wall Street Estimates
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    Tencent Music Earnings Report In Line With Wall Street Estimates

    Tencent Music Entertainment reported third-quarter earnings that were in line with Wall Street expectations as the stock climbed in after-hours trading. Revenue rose 31% to $909 million.

  • Reuters

    UPDATE 3-Tencent Music's quarterly revenue beats on subscriber growth

    China's Tencent Music Entertainment Group reported better-than-expected third-quarter revenue on Monday, as the streaming company added more paying users. Tencent Music's U.S.-listed shares rose as much as 2% before trading down about 1% in volatile extended trade. The company's monthly average revenue per paying user from its social entertainment services unit rose 7.4% to 127.3 yuan ($18.20), the slowest growth since it went public in December.

  • Are Tencent Music Entertainment Group’s Returns On Capital Worth Investigating?
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    Are Tencent Music Entertainment Group’s Returns On Capital Worth Investigating?

    Today we'll look at Tencent Music Entertainment Group (NYSE:TME) and reflect on its potential as an investment...

  • Earnings: 3 ‘Strong Buy’ Stocks to Watch Monday

    Earnings: 3 ‘Strong Buy’ Stocks to Watch Monday

    Earnings season is in full swing, and investors are busy parsing the reports to pinpoint compelling investments. But finding the right investment requires data – how is the stock performing, and how has it performed over time; what macroeconomic events are impacting the stock; what are Wall Street’s analysts saying about it?In short, there’s an enormous amount of data out there to mull over and deciphering it all can be intimidating to say the least. That’s where comes in. TipRanks uses natural language algorithms to sift through the market data and analyst reports on over 5,500 publicly traded stocks, to cut through the confusion and present a clear picture for investors. This allows investors to see at a glance which stocks are considered Strong Buys, which are trending up or down, and the success rate of the analysts’ recommendations.So, let’s take a dive into the market data on three stocks that went public in the last 12 months, which the analysts see as buying propositions, and all report earnings on Monday.Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME)We’ve all heard of Tencent, the $45 billion Chinese tech-holding company, with its fist in a wide range of internet-related services. Tencent is one of the world’s largest social media companies, and the absolute largest gaming company. But today, we’re talking music. Tencent Music is a spinoff of the parent company and a joint venture with Spotify. The joint company offers several music streaming apps in the Chinese market, attracting more than 700 million users and 120 million paying subscribers. TME IPO’d in December of 2018 and gained 9% in its first day of trading.The numbers underscore an important fact about the world’s internet markets: China is underappreciated. Just because government policy keeps the Chinese market mostly closed to Western reach, it doesn’t mean that Chinese internet companies should be ignored. China is home to 1.4 billion people, about 18% of the world’s population. It’s a huge market, rapidly urbanizing and gaining wealth, with a ravenous demand for digital products.All of this explains TME’s Q2 performance. The company added over 2.5 million users, saw revenues make a double-digit gain to $859 million, and beat the EPS forecast with 10 cents per share. It was a strong performance, and the forecast for tomorrow is in-line with it. EPS is expected to remain stable, at 9 cents (the same forecast which was beaten in Q2), while revenues are expected to rise to $909.7 million.Analysts are impressed with Tencent Music. Bo Pei, of Oppenheimer, writes, “Despite being the largest digital music platform in China, TME is still in the early stage of monetization with a subscription paying ratio (4.8%) substantially lower than that of global peers, which provides it with plenty of growth opportunity… TME is investing to build its exclusive content library... In the long-term, we see TME as an industry integrator with clear strategic vision.” Bo gives TME a $17 price target, suggesting a 21% upside. (To watch Pei’s track record, click here) Alex Yao, a 4-star analyst with JPMorgan, is also bullish on China’s largest music streaming company. He says looking forward, “We believe such a strong net adds momentum will persist into coming quarters as the strategy is replicable and under management control. We expect TME’s music sub net adds acceleration to ease investor concern on music monetization and it should drive share price upside potential.” His $18 price target implies room for a 28% upside to the stock. (To watch Yao’s track record, click here)  Overall, TME’s Strong Buy consensus rating is based on 3 Buys and 1 Hold given in the last three months. The stock trades for $14, making it a bargain considering the upside, and the average price target of $16.75 indicates 19% upside potential. (See Tencent Music stock analysis on TipRanks)    New Fortress Energy LLC (NFE)In the industrialized West, we take electricity for granted. But New Fortress Energy reminds us that power is expensive, and large parts of the world do not have reliable electrical energy services. NFE aims to change that. In practice, NFE’s commitment to providing reliable energy has made the company the “go-to” player in North America’s natural gas industry. From converting power plants to run on cleaner-burning fuel, to building LNG import facilities, to growing its presence as a mid-stream player in the gas market, NFE has a well-established footprint in the natural gas industry.While it’s a small company with a market cap of $2.8 billion, NFE is ambitious and focused on expansion. In Q2, the company secured financing for $180 million, allocated to the completion of the Jamalca CHP plant in Jamaica. The new credit deal, along with some $250 million the company has in cash-on-hand, should allow the project to finish on time. Another fuel handling facility is expected to go on-line in Puerto Rico during the fourth quarter.Revenues in Q2 were up from $26 million to $39.8 million, although the company is still operating at a net loss. For Q3, expectations are for the loss to reach 23 cents per share. Despite the losses, future prospects for the company are bullish. BTIG analyst Gregory Lewis lays out the details: “The company has positioned itself to benefit from the on-going secular natural gas demand story which is being driven by cheap and abundant natural gas in North America, and increasing demand for reliable and cleaner power in emerging countries. At its core, NFE is an infrastructure company with a number of LNG import terminals already in the Caribbean and plans to build another four terminals around the world in the medium term.” Lewis gives NFE a $30 price target, suggesting an upside of 80%. (To watch Lewis’ track record, click here) Lewis’ outlook on the stock is somewhat more bullish than the average. NFE has a Strong Buy consensus rating, based on 4 Buys and 1 Hold. The average price target, $22.80, implies an upside potential of 36%. (See New Fortress Energy stock analysis on TipRanks) Village Farms International, Inc. (VFF)With VFF, we get into the world of cannabis. Specifically, the world of newly legalized cannabis markets. Village Farms International started out as a producer of year-round, high-quality, greenhouse vegetable – tomatoes, cucumber, peppers – in the North American market. With the legalization of cannabis in Canada and hemp in the US, the company has moved into the new market, seeing it as a way to break free of the produce sector’s traditionally low margins.Since entering the cannabis market, VFF has expanded marijuana production, and is looking at developing an annual capacity of 150,000 kilograms. This comes at the cost of reducing the legacy produce, but the company accepts that as the price of profitability. At the same time, the produce legacy has set VFF up with a network of greenhouses and experienced agriculturists.In Q2, the results showed in the Canadian cannabis company’s margins. The cost of growing came in at just 49 cents per gram, while the company was able to sell product at $3 per gram – an 83% gain. In addition to Canadian cannabis, VFF is expanding into hemp production in the US, taking advantage of the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp at the Federal level and created a market for hemp-derived CBD extracts. Village Farms expects to enter the CBD market next year.Roth Capital analyst Scott Fortune sees the potential in VFF. He writes, “VFF's cannabis opportunity through JV Pure Sun Farms (PSF) continues to remain robust as it executes on ramping production to 150,000 kg, expanding distribution to the large provinces, and gaining market share as the low-cost leader.” Fortune’s $29 price target implies an eye-popping upside of 226%. (To watch Fortune’s track record, click here) Bottom line – VFF is a small company, even compared to some of the other new cannabis companies. The market cap is just $437 million, but the company has the advantage of a legacy growing network from its original produce business. In the last three months, VFF has received 4 analyst reviews, and all were Buys. So, the consensus is unanimous: the stock is a Strong Buy. Shares are priced low at just $8.87, but the real story here is the upside potential: the average price target of $31.76 suggests room for a 258% upside. The whopping-high upside is typical of the new companies in the cannabis market, where the newly legal status has created wide-open avenues of opportunity. (See Village Farms stock analysis on TipRanks)

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    Matthews Pacific Tiger Fund Buys 3 Stocks in 3rd Quarter

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  • InvestorPlace

    3 Chinese Stocks to Buy If the Trade War Wraps Up

    Many investors believe that the ongoing U.S.-China trade war is pressuring Chinese stocks. If that's the case, there should be no shortage of stocks to buy on hopes the dispute is resolved.To be honest, I'm somewhat skeptical that the trade war has had the impact some investors believe. It's true that after the dispute began last year, Chinese stocks fell sharply. But U.S. stocks declined as well during the fourth quarter. It was a "risk-off" market, and Chinese stocks have more than their fair share of risk. Meanwhile, the market generally does have a long-term focus, and few investors believe that the trade war, and its effects, will last forever.That said, there no doubt has been some impact on Chinese equities. Trade factors are pressuring the domestic economy, for instance. So it's certainly possible that a trade deal could lead directly to a rally in Chinese stocks, even if that rally might not be quite as significant as some bulls believe.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe next step is finding the best stocks to buy when the trade war is eventually resolved. These three stocks look like the best choices at the moment. * 7 Stocks to Buy With 100% Upside Potential One is a high-risk bet worth taking, and thus precisely the kind of bet aggressive investors should take on hopes of a deal. The other two strike a nice balance between quality and upside: strong enough to manage through until a trade war resolution is reached, and with enough growth potential that a resolution might materially change the long-term outlook. All three look like strong picks for China bulls. Chinese Stocks to Buy: iQiyi (IQ)There are three core reasons why streaming video play iQiyi (NASDAQ:IQ) is a smart choice for investors betting on a trade war resolution. First, as I've argued going back to last year, IQ stock looks like an attractive bet for China bulls in general.Even though the oft-made comparison to Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is somewhat simplistic, the gap in valuation between the two stocks is immense. Investors who would prefer the long-term growth of Chinese stocks to the lower risk of U.S. issues should consider iQiyi stock regardless of near-term factors.Second, iQiyi has seen significant impact from the trade war already. Lower advertising revenue, driven by macro weakness, has hit recent quarterly results. Overall top-line growth has decelerated noticeably as a result. True, other Chinese stocks like Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) and Sina (NASDAQ:SINA) have seen similar pressures. But both companies have broader secular concerns in terms of user traffic that have contributed to their own selloffs. IQiyi likely would see an immediate financial benefit from a trade agreement, which in turn would help iQiyi shares.And, finally, as I wrote this week, IQ stock has been hit by sentiment changes among U.S. traders as well. Growth stocks have fallen across the board. It would seem likely that higher-risk group would get a bounce on a trade deal, which would only contribute to the upside potential for IQ in such a scenario. Tencent Music Entertainment (TME)Tencent Music Entertainment (NYSE:TME) is another high-risk, high-reward play. But the case at the moment is intriguing.Like IQ stock, TME has important differences relative to its Western counterparts, in this case Spotify Technology (NYSE:SPOT) and Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI) unit Pandora. Its social entertainment business -- essentially live streaming -- still drives the majority of profit and revenue. Growth there is decelerating, a potential risk to TME stock.But Tencent Music Entertainment has another notable distinction: it's profitable. In fact, TME stock currently looks reasonably cheap. Backing out nearly $3 billion in cash on the balance sheet, shares trade for roughly 24x 2020 consensus earnings-per-share estimates. That's a reasonable multiple for a company still early in its growth, and one with obvious opportunity to expand music consumption in the country.There are risks. A Chinese antitrust investigation could upend the business model. Competition will remain intense. * 10 Small-Cap Stocks to Buy Before They Grow Up But all Chinese stocks have risks. The backing of parent Tencent (OTCMKTS:TCEHY), growth potential and valuation combine for an attractive bull case regardless. Those positive attributes don't look priced in at $14. If a trade war deal can drive increased confidence toward the Chinese consumer, they will be priced in. NetEase (NTES)Despite a $35 billion market capitalization, online gaming company NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) seems overlooked among Chinese stocks. It shouldn't be, as there's a lot to like here.NetEase has a dominant market position in its vertical. Revenue growth has slowed, but lower spending has led to impressive profit growth. Non-GAAP net income rose 33% year-over-year in the second quarter, which followed a monster earnings beat in Q1.And yet NTES stock is cheap, at just 17x forward earnings. It looks far too cheap. Gaming growth in China will continue. The IPO of education arm Youdao (NYSE:DAO) further strengthens the balance sheet. And margins should continue to improve.NTES stock has risen 50% from December lows, but it still sits below early 2018 highs. As sentiment improves toward Chinese stocks, NetEase should benefit.As of this writing, Vince Martin did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Cybersecurity Stocks to Keep Your Portfolio Safe * 7 Top-Notch REITs to Buy for Income * 5 Reasons Why I Still Believe in Hexo Stock The post 3 Chinese Stocks to Buy If the Trade War Wraps Up appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME) Anymore
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    Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME) Anymore

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  • The U.S.-Trained Coder Is Helping NetEase Find a New Life Beyond Games

    The U.S.-Trained Coder Is Helping NetEase Find a New Life Beyond Games

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next.For decades, NetEase Inc. has been the perennial runner-up to the likes of Tencent Holdings Ltd. in China’s evolving internet landscape. Now it’s betting on a bookish computer scientist to catapult it to the top of the class in the nation’s $36 billion online education market.Zhou Feng, chief executive officer of NetEase Youdao, is charged with helping NetEase escape from under Tencent’s enormous shadow and find life beyond video games. The U.S.-trained software coder handpicked by billionaire founder William Ding Lei is creating an all-in-one learning platform to tap the lucrative space where education and technology overlap. To bankroll that expansion, the company could float Youdao, last valued at $1.1 billion, as soon as this year.Zhou is counting on a decades-old custom. Every summer, millions of Chinese high school students sit through a grueling two-day college entrance exam, or gaokao, that helps determine the course of their lives. That’s why China’s tiger moms and dads have long sent their kids from as early as kindergarten age to private tutoring classes for English, math and sciences.Intense competition has fueled an education boom, particularly targeting the K-12 group that includes students from kindergarten through high school, creating a coterie of multi-billion-dollar corporations. Leading players like New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. and TAL Education Group that still rely mainly on in-class teaching have gone public in the U.S. and seen their shares soar. Online startups such as the Tencent-backed VIPKid are still trying to convince parents that digital instruction can be as good, if not better than brick-and-mortar classrooms.Through combining content with the latest technology, Zhou sees a business chance for Youdao, whose name loosely translates to “there’s a way”. Courses can be taught through high-speed live-streaming, enabling smooth communication between teacher and student. Artificial intelligence-powered “tutors” can grade homework and use data to evaluate student test results, he said.“That’s what we have always been good at,” said Zhou, 40, a University of California at Berkeley alumnus with a penchant for blending English words into conversations. “Almost every industry in China has been transformed by the internet, but that’s not yet the case for education.”Revenue for China’s online education market is estimated to have reached around 252 billion yuan ($35.7 billion) in 2018, and is expected to more than double in 2022, with 264 million paying users, according to iResearch.But there’s yet to be a clear winner -- even for top tuition providers like New Oriental, its digital arm Koolearn in 2017 only accounted for less than 1% of the total revenue in the local online teaching market, according to Frost & Sullivan data cited in its prospectus. What sets Youdao apart is its exclusive focus on online and its expansion into education-related hardware. It has launched a slew of products from apps for note-taking and children’s stories to smart devices like a 799 yuan electronic dictionary pen, which allows students to scan printed text and translate it instantaneously.“NetEase’s technology support and the company’s online DNA and roots should make its products more sophisticated than traditional education providers,” said Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Vey-Sern Ling. Still, not having physical classrooms means it could be difficult for Youdao to expand beyond structured, standardized learning or test prep, he said.NetEase could do with a win. Founder and CEO Ding has a master plan for China’s second largest game developer to delve into three sectors including e-commerce, music streaming and online education, but the result is best described as mixed. Its music arm has grappled with rising content costs, as it has to sublicense a large chunk of songs from its much bigger rival, Tencent Music Entertainment Group. Although e-commerce has grown to become NetEase’s largest division after gaming in terms of revenue, it sold its popular import platform Kaola to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in a $2 billion deal.That magnifies the importance of Youdao and its leader, with whom Ding shares a long history. Back in 2004, when Zhou was pursuing his doctorate degree in computer science, NetEase’s CEO came across his paper on filtering junk emails, and, ironically, shot him a message that was mistaken as spam. It had no body text but just a subject line: “I’m Ding Lei, I have a technical question for you.”The two eventually got in touch via phone calls, and Zhou worked part-time for NetEase for three years. After earning his doctorate in 2007, he officially joined the company as lead architect for Youdao in Beijing, which at the time was trying to morph from a digital dictionary into a web search engine. To challenge the local leader Baidu Inc., Youdao’s approach was to operate a slew of vertical search services at one time, in everything from news to blogs to maps.Those efforts failed, and in 2012 Zhou decided to close the search operation. “That was when we hit our lowest point,” he said. Zhou shifted the 400-person team to develop learning apps instead.Youdao’s revenue rose 60% in 2018 from a year earlier, while sales for K-12 courses increased three-fold in the same period, he said. Online courses have surpassed advertising as Youdao’s largest income stream, Zhou said.Now of the nearly 2,000 employees Zhou oversees at Youdao, half are teachers and other staffers dedicated to building up its online class portfolio. “Learning is much more difficult than playing video games,” he said.To contact the reporter on this story: Zheping Huang in Hong Kong at zhuang245@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at, Colum MurphyFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Alibaba Buys NetEase Online Mall for $2 Billion in Rare Pact

    Alibaba Buys NetEase Online Mall for $2 Billion in Rare Pact

    (Bloomberg) -- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. bought NetEase Inc.’s Kaola e-commerce platform for about $2 billion and invested in its music streaming service, forging a rare partnership between two of China’s largest internet giants.The deal hands Alibaba the biggest Chinese online marketplace for foreign brands after its own Tmall Import and Export. Kaola will now operate independently but under new Chief Executive Officer Alvin Liu, a Tmall veteran. Separately, Alibaba and billionaire co-founder Jack Ma’s Yunfeng Capital will invest $700 million in NetEase Cloud Music. NetEase remains the controlling shareholder of its music app.Alibaba and NetEase -- both based in the prosperous eastern city of Hangzhou -- have long fought social media titan Tencent Holdings Ltd. across several fronts but the landscape is shifting. The emergence of Tencent-backed rivals like Pinduoduo Inc. is testing Alibaba’s dominance of retail. NetEase has long been a distant runner-up to Tencent in gaming and now also music streaming, while Alibaba has its own music app Xiami. The sale of the low-margin Kaola platform now allows NetEase to focus on its bread-and-butter gaming business.“NetEase can further optimize its costs while Alibaba strengthens its leadership in cross-border e-commerce,” Thomas Chong and Ken Chong, analysts at Jefferies, wrote Friday. “On the other hand, we believe NetEase Cloud Music can benefit from potential synergies with the Alibaba ecosystem.”Read more: Tencent Music Dives as Watchdog Probes Its Record-Label TiesThe Kaola deal creates a dominant bazaar for consumers seeking foreign labels and goods. Alibaba and Kaola, which is loss-making on an operational level, controlled almost 60% of all transactions on China-based platforms for foreign brands in the second quarter, according to research firm Analysys.It also deepens a seeming alliance. NetEase founder William Ding and Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang exchanged good-natured banter during a long TV interview aired in China just last month. Asked about their rivalry, Ding joked: “Many of our employees might be husbands and wives.”What Bloomberg Intelligence saysAlibaba’s $2 billion acquisition of Kaola, NetEase’s cross-border e-commerce platform, will make it the go-to channel for Chinese consumers seeking high-quality foreign products.\-- Vey-Sern Ling and Tiffany Tam, analysts-- Click here for the researchThe investment will prove welcome to NetEase, which like Alibaba has grappled with rising content costs.NetEase Music most recently raised $600 million in November when Baidu Inc., General Atlantic and Boyu Capital participated in a fundraising round. The latest capital injection comes after China’s antitrust authority launched a probe into its much larger rival, Tencent Music Entertainment Group, over its licensing practices. Under government pressure, Tencent Music and NetEase Music last year agreed to relicense more than 99% of their music catalogs to each other.“What really matters is the 1% exclusive content,” said Shawn Yang, a Shenzhen-based analyst with Blue Lotus. “Now that NetEase has new funding that can be used to buy copyrights, it will definitely be a threat to TME.”(Updates with analysts’ comments in the fourth paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Zheping Huang in Hong Kong at zhuang245@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at, Colum MurphyFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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