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Tencent shares slump 23%

China’s tough crackdown on certain technology sectors, including Jack Ma’s Alibaba and Tencent, has resulted in Tencent being the world’s worst stock-market performer. Tencent lost 23 per cent of its value in July, wiping out some Rand 2.5 trillion (€143bn) of market value. Nine of the top ten losers in market value during July were […]

August 2, 2021By Chris Forrester

Chinese internet rules hurt Tencent, Alibaba

China’s State Council has made some substantial interventions on internet businesses, and in particular the education sector. The rules for private education companies including a ban on profits, a ban on raising capital or going public with tutoring at weekends and vacation banned for the sector. The fresh rules have severely impacted China-based internet businesses […]

July 27, 2021

China blocks Huya, DouYu merger

A mooted merger between two videogame streamers, Huya and DouYu, has been blocked by Chinese authorities on antitrust grounds. The planned merger, announced by Tencent which wanted to bring together the two businesses in which it held stakes, could have resulted in Tencent controlling some 80 per cent of the Chinese market already worth an […]

July 12, 2021By Chris Forrester

Tencent polices supply chain corruption

Tencent, the South African and Chinese-backed web-giant, says it has fired staff and named and shamed 37 supplier companies in an anti-corruption drive. Tencent Holdings is China’s biggest social media and videogames company, said in a statement February 3rd that it had reported 40 staff to the authorities since it commenced its anti-corruption drive in […]

February 4, 2021By Chris Forrester

Analyst: Tencent leads 2020 M&A activity

Tencent is the leading player in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the tech, media and telecom (TMT) sector with nine deals of value greater than or equal to $50 million(€41m) worth $6.6 billion in 2020, according to data and analytics company GlobalData. M&A activity declined during the first half of 2020, especially in Q2 […]

January 22, 2021

Alibaba, Tencent circle iQIYI

China’s Alibaba and Tencent groups have each held separate talks with Baidu about acquiring video streaming service iQIYI, according to Reuters. But reports say negotiations have stalled on a valuation of around $20 billion (€16.7bn) by Baidu. Both companies, which have their own video streaming services, are also nervous of heightened scrutiny from China’s antitrust […]

November 27, 2020

SoftBank to dispose of ARM?

Japanese conglomerate SoftBank is reportedly looking to sell or restructure its stake in UK chipset maker ARM. The WSJ reports that ARM has already announced plans to restructure itself by shifting two of its Internet of Things businesses into SoftBank. SoftBank acquired ARM some 4 years ago paying $32 billion for the business but is […]

July 15, 2020By Chris Forrester