Hangzhou, China, April 15, 2015 － Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited (SEHK: 00241) ("Alibaba Health") pursuant to which Alibaba Group will transfer the operations of its Tmall online pharmacy business to Alibaba Health in consideration for newly issued shares and convertible bonds of Alibaba Health (the "Transaction").
Alibaba Group currently owns an effective equity interest of approximately 38% in Alibaba Health, and upon completion of the Transaction, Alibaba Group's effective equity ownership of Alibaba Health will increase to approximately 53% (or approximately 54.6% assuming the full conversion of the convertible bonds upon maturity) and Alibaba Health will become a consolidated subsidiary of Alibaba Group.
There are now 186 online-licensed pharmacies offering over-the-counter drugs, medical devices, contact lenses, and other general healthcare products which are featured on Tmall. Gross merchandise value (GMV) of those businesses for the financial year ended March 31, 2015 was approximately RMB4.74 billion. After the Transaction, consumers will continue to be able to make purchases from online pharmacies through Tmall, with Alibaba Health running the business operations of aggregating online pharmacy offerings to provide the highest quality and widest consumer choice. With the integration of the online pharmacy business, Alibaba Health is well positioned to execute a focused strategy in the healthcare e-commerce sector and expand its offerings to healthcare industry participants across China.
"Healthcare will be a strategically important growth area for our ecosystem in the years to come, and we have a strong competitive advantage in this area. Healthcare is especially important to Chinese consumers, and we expect that this integration will enable Alibaba Group to build a healthcare ecosystem that can utilize e-commerce, big data and other technologies to improve the healthcare supply chain and ultimately provide users with a better healthcare experience," said Daniel Zhang, chief operating officer of Alibaba Group.
In the future, Alibaba Health will be well positioned to enter the online prescription drugs market should the opportunity arise. Alibaba Group will continue to support the development of Alibaba Health to become the healthcare flagship for Alibaba Group.
Completion of the Transaction is subject to the completion of certain restructuring relating to the Tmall online pharmacy business and customary closing conditions including, among others, obtaining approvals of the Transaction by independent shareholders of Alibaba Health and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Alibaba Group expects the Transaction to complete in the third quarter of 2015, subject to satisfaction of all closing conditions.
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