Alibaba Group Issues Statement Regarding Commencement of IPO Process

Hangzhou, China-based e-commerce company Alibaba Group today released the following statement:

“Alibaba Group has decided to commence the process of an initial public offering in the United States.  This will make us a more global company and enhance the company’s transparency, as well as allow the company to continue to pursue our long-term vision and ideals.  Should circumstances permit in the future, we will be constructive toward extending our public status in the China capital market in order to share our growth with the people of China.

“We wish to thank those in Hong Kong who have supported Alibaba Group.  We respect the viewpoints and policies of Hong Kong and will continue to pay close attention to and support the process of innovation and development of Hong Kong.”

(“This release is only for distribution outside the United States.  This release is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States.  Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration.  Any public offering of securities to be made in the United States will be made by means of a prospectus that may be obtained from the issuer or the selling security holder and that will contain detailed information about the company and management, as well as financial statements.  Alibaba Group and the selling shareholders intend to register the proposed offering in the United States.”)