Hangzhou, China, February 9, 2015 － Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) and Meizu Technology Corporation Limited ("Meizu") announced today that Alibaba Group has agreed to invest US$590 million for a minority stake in Meizu, one of China's leading smartphone manufacturers.
This investment will be subject to customary closing conditions.
As a result of the investment, Alibaba Group and Meizu will collaborate at both strategic and business levels to achieve a deeper integration of Meizu's hardware and Alibaba Group's mobile operating system. Alibaba Group will provide Meizu with resources and support in the fields of e-commerce, mobile Internet, mobile operating system and data analysis with the aim of developing Meizu's smartphone ecosystem. Alibaba Group's online shopping marketplaces will also become distribution channels for Meizu's smartphones and other devices.
"The investment in Meizu represents a significant expansion of the Alibaba Group ecosystem and an important step in our overall mobile strategy as we strive to bring users a wider array of mobile offerings and experiences," said Jian WANG, Chief Technology Officer of Alibaba Group.
"This strategic collaboration with Alibaba Group will enable Meizu to further develop our smartphone business and our smart devices ecosystem," said Meizu's President, Yongxiang BAI.
Meizu is one of China's leading smartphone manufacturers known for its technology and sophisticated product design and features that fulfill consumer needs and requirements. The Chinese smartphone market is experiencing fast growth, with homegrown brands gaining an increasing market share. At the end of 2014, China had more than one billion mobile phone users and about 40 percent of them use smartphones, according to IDC.
About Alibaba Group
Alibaba Group's mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company is the largest online and mobile commerce company in the world in terms of gross merchandise volume. Founded in 1999, the company provides the fundamental technology infrastructure and marketing reach to help businesses leverage the power of the Internet to establish an online presence and conduct commerce with hundreds of millions of consumers and other businesses.
Alibaba Group's major businesses include:
About Meizu Technology Corporation Limited
Established in 2003, Meizu Technology Corporation Limited is a well-known smartphone manufacturer, committed to designing smartphones that are elegant, simple and easy to use. Since its inception, Meizu has operated with "concentration", "focus" and "professionalism" as its guiding ethos. The company strives to devote resources in product research and development in order to offer better products and services to users. Meizu is committed to producing high quality products. In 2014, Meizu released a series of devices, namely the MX4, MX4 Pro, Meizu Blue Charm Note and Meizu quad-core smartphones that were enthusiastically received by the market.
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