• Friday, October 09, 2015

360buy sells US$400m stake to Saudi company

Xinhua 2013-02-18 12:07 (GMT+8)
A 360buy ad. (Internet photo)

A 360buy ad. (Internet photo)

In a bid to fuel the company's growth, Chinese e-commerce giant 360buy has sold a US$400 million stake to a Saudi Arabian company.

Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), which is owned by billionaire Al-Waleed bin Talal, a member of the Saudi royal family, led the stake acquisition, 360buy said Saturday.

The acquisition was part of 360buy's fourth round of financing, which has raised a total of US$700 million. The other three rounds occurred in 2007, 2008 and 2011.

The main investors in this round included KHC, the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in Canada and other major 360buy shareholders.

Liu Qiangdong, founder and CEO of 360buy, said he is looking forward to a long-lasting relationship with KHC.

"Our deal solidifies the strategic relationship between Saudi Arabia and China," the prince said in a statement on KHC's website.

360buy's sales volume exceeded 60 billion yuan (US$9.6 billion) in 2012, and it is expected to top 100 billion yuan (US$16 billion) this year.

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Liu Yunshan (劉雲山)

Liu is first secretary of the Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of China and a newly elected member of the Politburo Standing Committee. Formerly a reporter for the state news agency Xinhua ...