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Alibaba Makes Second Biggest Quarterly Share Repurchase Worth $4.8bn

By Reuters
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Alibaba Makes Second Biggest Quarterly Share Repurchase Worth $4.8bn

Alibaba Group has bought back shares worth $4.8 billion (€4.5 billion) in the quarter ended March, the Chinese e-commerce giant said, in its second biggest-ever repurchase after beefing up its stock buyback plan in February.

Alibaba Group had raised its share buyback plan by another $25 billion (€23.2 billion) in a bid to appease investors concerned over its growth prospects as it faces new market rivals such as PDD.

Alibaba, which is listed in both Hong Kong and the US, had bought back $2.9 billion (€2.7 billion) worth of stock in the previous quarter.

Its Hong Kong shares have lost more than 6% of their value this year, amid growing worries over the e-commerce pioneer's fall in earnings, per-user spending and deteriorating Chinese consumption.

These factors have contributed to the once-market dominant internet firm losing its market share to rivals such as PDD and TikTok owner ByteDance.

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Net Income

The internet company in February reported net income to ordinary shareholders for the third quarter of 14.4 billion yuan(€1.85 billion), a 77% slump, mainly due to impairments related to hypermarket operator Sun Art and online video streaming service Youku.

Alibaba is currently in the middle of a split into six different units after the company named a new chief and abandoned a plan to list its cloud division and logistics arm, while refocusing on the core business.

Recently, Freshippo, the groceries arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, told its staff that its CEO Hou Yi will step down and retire and be replaced by the unit's current CFO, Yan Xiaolei.

Hou, 60, joined Alibaba in 2015 and created Freshippo the next year as part of the company's "new retail" revolution. Before that he had worked in the logistics department of JD.com.

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