Hangzhou, 2nd April: Earlier this week, the leading e-commerce company in China, Alibaba Group, announced the company will acquire the outstanding shares of Ele.me, 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 Ele.me. The transaction will value Ele.me at US$9.5 billion.
After the transaction, Ele.me will continue to operate in its own brand and Alibaba will support it through its infrastructure, product offerings and technology expertise. Founder of Ele.me, Zhang Xuhao, will become Chairman of Ele.me and special advisor to Alibaba’s CEO on new retail strategy. Wang Lei, Vice President of Alibaba Group, will become Chief Executive of Ele.me.
Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group, commented, “We are excited for Ele.me to become a part of the Alibaba ecosystem. Under the leadership of its founder and management team, Ele.me 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, Ele.me 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.”