Sina goes personal after 21 years on Nasdaq

Illustration by Derek Zheng

Sina Firm, thought to be one of many well-known precept Chinese language web companies to IPO within the U.S. in 2000, delisted from Nasdaq the previous day.

Sina, which began existence as a “portal” quite a bit like Yahoo!, runs fairly a little bit of on-line media properties however is vulnerable to be easiest recognized for beginning the social media platform Weibo (assuredly glossed as “China’s Twitter”).

  • Sina launched China’s first weblog platform in 2005 and quickly become thought to be one of many well-known nation’s most present social media platforms, sooner than the company launched the extra present Weibo in 2009.

Sina’s shareholders agreed for the company to be privatized by New Wave Holdings Tiny in September 2020, at a imprint of $2.6 billion, or $43.30 per share. The company might be renamed Sina Neighborhood Holdings.

  • New Wave is an organization registered within the British Virgin Islands and managed by Sina’s chairman, Charles Chao (曹国伟 Cáo Guówěi). Chao, a Chinese language-American businessman born in Shanghai, joined Sina in 1999 after receiving a grasp’s stage in journalism and an M.B.A. within the U.S., and labored in business consulting for six years. He led the start after which the New York IPO of Weibo, Sina’s most a hit social media product up to now.
  • The privatisation deal modified into controversial, and analysts indulge in recognized the present “perceived to severely undervalue its stake in Weibo.”

Sina Neighborhood inherits a 44.9% equity stake in Weibo and 71% balloting retain a watch on, and intends to stay Weibo’s predominant shareholder, per an inner memo written by Chao (in Chinese language).

  • “The privatization of Sina isn’t any longer the tip of an skills, however we train a model latest building to higher originate our future,” talked about Chao within the memo.
  • Weibo stays listed on Nasdaq (WB).
  • Weibo is thought to be one among China’s ultimate social media platforms, with 523 million energetic clients (as of December 2020).

Sina’s privatization comes at a time of rising U.S.-China tensions, with many Chinese language companies centered on selections to U.S. capital markets.

Megan Cattel is a NYC-basically based mostly creator and journalist. She has written for NeoCha, Goldthread, and NüVoices and modified right into a summer season fellow on the Middle for Public Integrity in 2020. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Megan lined immigration for Uptown Radio, Columbia’s weekly radio show masks. Learn extra

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