Alibaba revenue tops expectation on pandemic-driven online boom
China’s top e-commerce platform Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (9988.HK), reported a forecast-beating 64% surge in quarterly revenue on Thursday, as more people shopped online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But the strong performance was overshadowed by intense regulatory crackdown that resulted in the suspension of a $37 billion IPO of its affiliate Ant Group and a $2.8 billion fine for anti-competitive business practices. read more
Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was 5.48 billion yuan, or 1.99 per American depository share (ADS), compared with a profit of 3.16 billion yuan, or 1.16 yuan per ADS, a year earlier.
Competition from smaller rivals is also heating up, with Pinduoduo Inc (PDD.O) overtaking Alibaba to become China’s largest e-commerce platform by users. read more
Alibaba’s U.S. listed shares have fallen more than 30% since hitting a record high in late October when its founder Jack Ma delivered a speech in Shanghai criticizing China’s financial regulators.
Revenue rose to 187.4 billion yuan ($29.03 billion) in the three months ended March 31, higher than 180.41 billion yuan forecast by 30 analysts compiled by Refinitiv.
($1 = 6.4545 Chinese yuan renminbi)
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