Weibo-owner Sina gets buyout bid at 12% premium from CEO-led entity

The logo of Sina Corp.'s Sina Weibo microblog service is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPad and iPhone in an arranged photograph in Hong Kong, China, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Sina Corp, the owner of social media platform Weibo, said on Monday it had received a go-private offer of $41 per share in cash from a holding company led by its Chief Executive Officer Charles Chao.

The transaction stands at a value of about $2.7 billion, according to Reuters calculations based on the current outstanding shares and represents a premium of nearly 12% as of Thursday’s stock closing price.

New Wave, which is controlled by Chao, already owns a 12.15% stake in Sina, according to Refinitiv-Eikon data.

The interest in Chinese take-private deals has been rising following tensions between China and the United States, with several companies considering whether to keep a New York listing or move instead to Shanghai, Shenzhen or Hong Kong.

Sina said in a statement that its Board had formed a special committee consisting of independent directors to evaluate the proposed deal. U.S.-listed shares of the Chinese online media company were up about 9% in early trading.

Last month, online classifieds 58.com Inc and car comparison website Bitauto Holdings Ltd also agreed to be taken private.

Reuters

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