SeekingAlpha  Sep 22  Comment 
By Joseph Calhoun: Open Sesame is, of course, the phrase used by Ali Baba to open the 40 thieves’ cave and plunder their riches in the Arabian Nights tale. It would seem an apt phrase to describe the frenzy surrounding the IPO of Alibaba...
Forbes  Mar 5  Comment 
I had the wonderful opportunity last week to see one of my favorite films from my childhood, Jason and the Argonauts, at the New Beverly Cinema. This was the first time I'd experienced the movie on the big screen, and the impact -- especially...
MarketWatch  May 7  Comment 
Alibaba.com Ltd. saw its stock fall but outperform the broader market Monday on reports that a deal for Yahoo Inc. to sell a 15%-25% stake in parent Alibaba Group back to the Asian company could be completed within weeks. A Wall Street Journal...
MarketWatch  Aug 12  Comment 
Shares of Chinese marketplace-website operator Alibaba.com Ltd. rose 1.3% in Hong Kong morning trade Friday after it posted a 28% rise in its second-quarter profit to 464.6 million yuan ($72.6 million), while revenue rose 19% to 1.623 billion...
BBC News  Jul 11  Comment 
Malaysia's economy is hampered by companies manipulating rules to win government contracts, taking unfair advantage of a system dubbed 'Ali Baba'.
MarketWatch  Jun 16  Comment 
Alibaba says it will restructure its online retailing platform Taobao into three separately managed companies, and could stage an initial public offering of the privately held parent company.
MarketWatch  May 15  Comment 
Yahoo Inc. and Alibaba Group are in discussions to resolve differences over the spin-off of Alibaba’s online payment business Alipay, both companies said in a Sunday statement
MarketWatch  Mar 9  Comment 
Companies in China are engaged in a bidding war for talent, offering to beat current salaries and compensation packages by 40%-50% for those with the right level of education, recruiters say.
MarketWatch  Mar 2  Comment 
Shares of Web portal rise sharply on news of a possible sale of its stake in Yahoo Japan.
MarketWatch  Feb 16  Comment 
Yahoo Inc. simply hasn’t found the ideal person to appoint to the board of directors at Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group, a right that fell to the U.S. Internet major and Alibaba stakeholder last fall.


Alibaba.com operates Internet properties in the Asian market. The company's flagship site, alibaba.com, connects small- and medium-sized business owners with suppliers and is a significant player in Asian e-commerce.

Business Overview

Business & Financial Metrics[1]

In 2009, generated a net income of RMB 1.01 billion on total revenues of RMB 3.87 billion. This represents a net income decrease of 12% and a revenue increase of 29% from 2008, when the company earned RMB 1.15 million on revenues of RMB 3.00 billion. Over the same period, the company increased its registered user base by 25% to 47.7 million with a 46% increase in international users significantly contributing to growth.


Business Segments

Alibaba operates under a single operating segment but generates revenues through a number of internet properties.[3]


Alibaba.com (1688.HK) is the Alibaba Group's flagship company and the leading B2B e-commerce company in China, serving small and medium sized enterprises in China and around the world.


Alipay is an online payment services provider operating under the names "Alipay" and "支付宝" ("Alipay" in Chinese). Alipay's service enables individuals and businesses to execute payments online in a safe and secure manner. Alipay's users are primarily buyers and sellers engaging in e-commerce transactions. With a registered user base of approximately 43.5 million as of June 30, 2007, Alipay is an accepted online payment method for many online retail websites and other online goods and service providers in China as well as the designated online payment service provider on our China marketplace and on Taobao. Alipay partners with domestic PRC banks to provide an escrow service for payments, which reduces the settlement risks faced by Alipay's customers in their e-commerce transactions. Alibaba Group founded Alipay, headquartered in Hangzhou, in 2004.

Yahoo! China

In 2005, Alibaba acquired Yahoo's Chinese operations.[4] Yahoo! China's website operates Chinese language portal services, such as email and the provision of finance, sports, lifestyle and entertainment information, as well as a web search service that crawls and indexes web pages generally available on the Internet targeted at individual Internet users in China. Yahoo! China's paying customers primarily consist of advertisers that purchase fixed price banner advertisements, text-links or auction-based pay-for-performance marketing services on Yahoo! China's website. In October 2005, Alibaba Group acquired Yahoo! China in a transaction whereby Yahoo! became a substantial shareholder of Alibaba Group. In connection with this transaction, Yahoo! agreed to grant to Alibaba Group the exclusive rights to use in China the "Yahoo!" name and certain technologies owned by Yahoo!, as well as the right to sub-license these rights to other members of Alibaba Group. Yahoo! China is headquartered in Beijing.


Alisoft develops, markets and delivers Internet-based business management software targeting SMEs in China. Alisoft's software provides its customers with various tools, including enterprise management tools, such as email, customer inquiries and information management, and basic financial management tools, such as invoicing and bookkeeping. Alisoft owns the copyright and other proprietary software rights of the "&463;%324;旺旺" ("Aliwangwang" in Chinese) instant messaging communication tool, which is the designated instant messaging communication tool for Taobao and which we offer to our users as TradeManager on our international marketplace and as $152;易$890; (TradeManager in Chinese) on our China marketplace. Alibaba Group founded Alisoft, with operations in Hangzhou and Shanghai, in January 2007.


Alimama is China's leading online advertising exchange, which allows web publishers and advertisers to trade online advertising inventory. A wholly owned subsidiary of Alibaba Group, Alimama is designed to serve the more than one million small- and medium- sized websites in China which generate an estimated 80% of China's website traffic. Alimama helps connects these web publishers to advertisers, allowing them to monetize their website traffic while offering advertisers an affordable way to reach highly targeted audience groups.


Taobao is a shopping marketplace for consumers in China. Founded by parent Alibaba Group, it facilitates transactions between individual consumers and a wide range of sellers such as retailers, wholesalers, and other individuals. Similar to eBay, sellers are able to post new and used goods for sale on the Taobao marketplace either through a fixed price or negotiated sale or by auction.

Primary competitors include eBay, yet reports have shown that Taobao has over 65% of the auction market and is growing.


Competitors include other internet companies in Asia, including EBay (EBAY), Google (GOOG), and Yahoo! (YHOO).

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