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Research and Markets: Company Profile of Alibaba.com

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/be0f76/profile_of_alibaba) has announced the addition of the "Profile of Alibaba.com" company profile to their offering.

Based in Hangzhou, Alibaba.com was founded by Jack Ma in 1999. Alibaba.com operates two key online B2B marketplaces, an International Marketplace (www.alibaba.com) and a China Marketplace (www.alibaba.com.cn). The company's English-language International Marketplace serves to bring together international importers and largely China-based suppliers by offering an online sourcing platform. The China Marketplace is focused on facilitating domestic B2B trade within China. In 2008, the company also launched a Japanese-language marketplace (www.alibaba.co.jp).

Both marketplaces are segmented into over 40 industry verticals covering major consumer categories such as apparel, electronics, gifts, beauty, security products and office supplies. As of September 2009, together the two marketplaces have over 45 million registered users 10.5 million on the International Marketplace and 34.8 million on the China Marketplace.

As well as the Hangzhou headquarters, the company maintains 30 other sales and marketing offices in China as well as offices in Taiwan, Hong Kong, the U.S. and Europe. As of the end of September 2009, Alibaba.com had about 6,800 employees the vast majority of whom are based in China.

Alibaba.com became a publicly-traded company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on 6th November 2007. Approximately 17% of the company was sold to the public raising roughly US$1.5 billion valuing the company at the time at US$8.8 billion.

The IPO share price in November 2007 was HK$13.50. Since then, Alibaba.com's share price has shot as high as HK$40 in November 2007 down to less than HK$4 in October 2008. The share price is currently around HK$16.50 resulting in a market capitalisation of approximately US$10.8 billion.

Alibaba.com posted a net profit of RMB 1,205 million (US$176 million) in 2008 on revenues of RMB 3,001 million (US$439 million). In the first half of 2009, net profit was RMB 514 million (US$75 million) on revenues of RMB 1,715 million (US$251 million).

Alibaba.com is majority owned by the Alibaba Group which was established by Jack Ma and 17 other founders in 1999. In 2005, Yahoo! Inc. purchased a 39% stake in the group for US$1 billion. The Alibaba Group owns and operates a number other of high profile Internet businesses, but it is important to note that these businesses are not part of the Hong Kong-listed company, Alibaba.com.

Alibaba.com cooperates with and benefits from this eco-system of companies, but none of the revenues from these businesses are counted as part of Alibaba.com.

The Alibaba Groups other key businesses include:

  • Taobao a consumer-focused e-commerce business
  • Alipay an online payment service
  • Alimama an online advertisement exchange service
  • Alisoft an Internet-based business software provider targeting SMEs. Alibaba.com agreed to buy the business management software division from Alisoft in August of this year.
  • Yahoo! China online classified listings and community-based groups

This report only addresses the products and services of Alibaba.com, not the whole of the Alibaba Group.

Key Topics Covered:

COMPANY BACKGROUND

COMPANY HISTORY KEY MILESTONES

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CORPORATE STRATEGY

KEY PRODUCTS AND MARKETS

BUYER SOURCING TOOLS

SUPPLIER MARKETING TOOLS

PRODUCT COSTING LIST PRICES

INFORMATION RESOURCES

MAJOR COMPETITORS

THE INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE COMPETITORS

THE CHINA MARKETPLACE COMPETITORS

KEY OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL METRICS

REGISTERED AND PAID USERS

ALEXA DATA

REVENUES AND NET INCOME

FINANCIAL DATA (AS OF 8TH DECEMBER 2009)

FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

SENIOR MANAGEMENT

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/be0f76/profile_of_alibaba

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