Alibaba hikes stake in Chinese investment bank CICC

A monitor displays Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. signage on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has acquired another chunk of shares in China International Capital Corp. for about HK$1.8 billion ($230 million), enlarging its stake in a prestigious investment bank that can help propel deals and financial transactions around the world.

The e-commerce giant bought 117.1 million Hong Kong-listed shares at HK$15.50 apiece on Feb. 14, CICC said in a filing. That expanded its stake to about 11.7 percent of stock listed in the city from roughly 5 percent, almost matching Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s 12 percent.

Alibaba joins arch-rival Tencent as a backer of CICC, once dubbed China’s Goldman Sachs after it brought some of the country’s largest state-run firms to market. The financial house however has been reducing its dependence on volatile investment banking fees and expanding its business catering to rich individuals. In 2017, it completed a $2.5 billion purchase of China Investment Securities Co., plunging into the retail investor market.

Set up in 1995, CICC was part-owned by New York-based Morgan Stanley until 2010. Its shares were listed in Hong Kong in 2015. Overall, Alibaba now holds about 4.84 percent of CICC’s total issued shares on a fully diluted basis, an Alibaba representative said.

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