Chinese Internet Giant Alibaba Files for Massive IPO
Chinese Internet behemoth Alibaba on Tuesday filed for a $1 billion initial public offering and will trade either on the New York Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ under a symbol to be determined later.
The numbers can change, but once the company goes public it could be valued at somewhere between $170 billion and $250 billion, analysts estimate. Yahoo will will profit handsomely from the IPO given that it owns 24 percent.
Alibaba was founded in 1999 by a former English teacher, and it now accounts for as much as 80 percent of all e-commerce in China.
According to filings, Alibaba's revenue was $6.5 billion in the nine months ended Dec. 31 and its net income was $2.9 billion for that period.
Credit Suisse is the lead underwriter of what could be the biggest IPO in history.