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Alibaba.com in deal with parent to buy software division

Alibaba.com, China's largest business-to-business (B2B) platform, said it reached an agreement with its holding company Alibaba Group to purchase the unit's assets.

E-commerce giant Alibaba.com said yesterday that it would buy a business management software division of Alisoft, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alibaba Group, for 208 million yuan ($30.44 million) in an effort to increase its appeal among customers during the ongoing downturn.

China's largest business-to-business (B2B) platform said it reached an agreement with its holding company Alibaba Group to purchase the unit's assets.

The assets, whose combined book value was about 43.79 million yuan as of last month according to Alibaba.com, include major application software product lines for small businesses. All of the related customer contracts and employees of the division will be transferred to Alibaba.com, the company said.

"The addition of these software offerings and related services continues Alibaba.com's drive to transform ourselves from 'Meet at Alibaba' to 'Work at Alibaba' by offering small businesses the tools to manage key aspects of their business operations via the Internet," said David Wei, chief executive officer of Alibaba.com, in a statement.

The company said the acquisition was likely to be completed next month.

As the global economic slowdown has severely impacted China's export-reliant economy, many of Alibaba's users have been suffering from dramatic drops in overseas orders. That has forced Alibaba.com to largely increase marketing spend and reduce membership fee to attract users.

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 Source : China Daily  Editor: Ivy
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