initial public offerings (IPOs) trading on American exchanges

Friday, September 19, 2014

Alibaba (BABA) began trading on the NYSE on 19 September 2014

  • The largest IPO in U.S. history
  • At $68 per share, the company has been valued at nearly $168 billion.
  • Opening at $92.70 a share--36% higher than its IPO price of $68--Alibaba's market capitalization Friday morning reached $228.5 billion--higher than Amazon, Facebook, eBay, and General Electric, but still lagging behind Google, Apple, and Microsoft. 
  • The debut got off to a rocky start, with trading delayed by more than two hours due to an imbalance in buy and sell orders. In the first 20 minutes of its opening, more than 100 million shares were traded.
  • With Alibaba public, founder Jack Ma--who owns 7.8% of the company--now stands as the richest man in China, with an estimated net worth of $21.9 billion, according to Bloomberg.
  • Closed at $93.89

Alibaba's valuation


Alibaba Group Holding Limited is an online and mobile commerce company. The Company operates its ecosystem as a platform for third parties. The Company operates Taobao Marketplace, China’s online shopping destination, Tmall, China’s third-party platform for brands and retailers and Juhuasuan, China’s group buying marketplace. In addition to its three China retail marketplaces, the Company operates, China’s global online wholesale marketplace,, its China wholesale marketplace, and AliExpress, its global consumer marketplace, as well as provides cloud computing services. As a platform, the Company provides the fundamental technology infrastructure and marketing reach to help businesses leverage the power of the Internet to establish an online presence and conduct commerce with consumers and businesses. Effective August 01, 2014, Alibaba Investment Ltd, a unit of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, acquired a 10.193% interest n Singapore Post Ltd.


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Key stats and ratios

Q2 (Jun '14)2014
Net profit margin79.44%44.96%
Operating margin43.40%47.24%
EBITD margin-50.61%
Return on average assets36.85%26.93%
Return on average equity130.09%157.44%

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