Global Sources Electronics show opens with 6,600+ booths

Hong Kong, 11th April: The week, Hong Kong-based B2B media company, Global Sources, opened its Global Sources Electronics show at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) featuring more than 6,600 booths. It is expected to attract over 65,000 buyers to the event’s two phases, Consumer Electronics and Mobile Electronics.

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Alibaba to fully acquire

Hangzhou, 2nd April: Earlier this week, the leading e-commerce company in China, Alibaba Group, announced the company will acquire the outstanding shares of, a leading online delivery and local services platform in China.


Alibaba and its affiliate Ant Small and Micro Financial Services Group currently own about 43% of the outstanding voting shares of The transaction will value at US$9.5 billion.


After the transaction, will continue to operate in its own brand and Alibaba will support it through its infrastructure, product offerings and technology expertise. Founder of, Zhang Xuhao, will become Chairman of and special advisor to Alibaba’s CEO on new retail strategy. Wang Lei, Vice President of Alibaba Group, will become Chief Executive of


Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group, commented, “We are excited for to become a part of the Alibaba ecosystem. Under the leadership of its founder and management team, has achieved leading market share in China’s online food delivery and local services sector. Our shared belief that New Retail will create more value for customers and merchants has brought us together. Looking forward, can leverage Alibaba’s infrastructure in commerce and find new synergies with Alibaba’s diverse businesses to add further momentum to the New Retail initiative.”


Sources: Alibaba Group press release, Alizila article

MyCEB supports over 280 events in 2017

Kuala Lumpur, March: Recently, the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) released its annual report covering 2017. In total, the bureau supported 287 events during the year, which generated an economic impact of US$365 million for the country. These events attracted almost 365,000 delegates – including 120,528 international delegates.


Of the 287 events, 192 were corporate meetings & incentive groups, 68 were conventions and 27 were exhibitions. The 192 corporate& incentive events featured over 51,000 delegates. These events generated an economic impact of US$134 million. Conventions generated an impact of US$91 million – attracting 38,000 delegates (including 23,420 international delegates). The exhibitions attracted 275,022 delegates – and of those 46,000 were international. The exhibitions generated an economic impact of US$140 million.


In 2017, MyCEB secured 151 business events, with an estimated 101,000 delegates and generating US$247 million in economic impact. MyCEB also secured and supported 38 “major events” in 2017, attracting a total of 282,000 delegates – including nearly 60,000 international delegates.


Source: MyCEB Annual Report 2017

Sanya, China signs MoU with aim of internationalising exhibitions

Sanya, China, 3rd April: The Sanya Exhibition Industry Association, ExpoPromoter and STATA signed a strategic cooperation memorandum on 28th February, aiming to internationalise the exhibition industry in Hainan province in China.


Under the terms of the MoU, the three parties will cooperate to integrate multiple resources and introduce trade show brands with the aim of building international exhibition operations. This will include nurturing a distinctive trade show brand in Hainan as well as training local personnel and attracting international talent.


In December 2018, the Sanya International Culture Expo Center will open. It features an exhibition hall and five multi-purpose rooms for conferences and trade shows. ExpoPromoter will be responsible for creating a multilingual expo hub which would facilitate the process of developing trade shows, selling booth space and providing customer support on site.


Source: Exhibition World article

12,000+ visitors at MEDICAL FAIR INDIA

Mumbai, 29th March: The Medical Fair India 2018,organised by Messe Düsseldorf India, concluded last month. The event attracted 12,350 trade visitors to the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in Mumbai.


The event is positioned as India’s number one trade fair serving hospitals, health centres and clinics. Medical Fair India was held from 16th to 18th March and it featured 551 exhibitors. Products showcased at the three-day show included medical products, the latest medical device technology, laboratory technology and diagnostic equipment, furnishings, etc.


Medical Fair India rotates between Mumbai and New Delhi each year. The next edition will be in New Delhi at Pragati Maidan. The dates of next year’s event are 21st to 23rdFebruary 2019.


Thomas Schlitt, Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf India, stated, “The number of visitors has gone up yet again by 15% compared to the event at the same location two years before…Rising incomes, population growth and increasing health consciousness all result in steady market growth and a call for improved health care. This is also reflected by the development of MEDICAL FAIR INDIA. It is not only a platform for supply and demand. It is also about joint ventures for product development, manufacturing and sales.”


Source: Messe Düsseldorf press release

Baidu’s iQIYI lists on NASDAQ

Beijing, 29th March: Baidu, the leading Chinese-language Internet search provider, has announced the pricing of the initial public offering (IPO) of its subsidiary, iQIYI, Inc. Shares will begin trading at US$18 per American Depositary Share (ADS).


A total of 125,000,000 ADSs, each representing seven Class A Ordinary Shares of iQIYI will be sold. That results in an offering of US$2.25 billion. The company listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the ticker symbol “IQ”.


Baidu committed to buying 8,333,333 ADSs at the IPO price. The underwriters have been granted an option, exercisable within 30 days from the date of the final prospectus, to purchase up to an additional 18,750,000 ADS.


Source: Baidu press release

SEEC Media’s loss widens to US$32m

Hong Kong, 29th March: Last week, SEEC Media, a Chinese B2B media group, released its financial results for the year ended 31st December 2017. Total revenues in the year were US$41 million, an increase of 19% year-on-year. However, the company posted a net loss of US$32 million, compared with a net loss of US$2.1 million in recorded in 2016.


Nearly 80% of SEEC’s revenues were generated from its advertising services (US$32 million), representing a year-on-year increase of 14%. The next largest business segment was their securities broking services, generating revenues of US$4.0 million. This accounted for 9.7% of SEEC Media’s total revenues. That segment grew by 30%compared with the previous year.


The remaining revenues were from: book & magazine sales (US$1.8 million), SEEC’s “money lending” business (US$1.4 million) and its e-commerce platform (US$1.3 million).


Source: SEEC Media announcement

Share price movement in B2B media companies involved in Asia

Table 1: Stock price of selected media companies, as of 3 April 2018

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Table 2: Share price movement in B2B media companies involved in Asia

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Table 3: PE Ratios of listed Asian B2B media companies

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Figure 1: BSG B2B Media Index vs. All Tracked B2B Stocks (price movement over past 12 months)

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Figure 2: BSG B2B Media Index vs. All Tracked B2B Stocks (price movement since January 2018)

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