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Tencent Sells Roughly $3 Billion of Its Stake in Singapore’s Sea

Tencent Sells Roughly  Billion of Its Stake in Singapore’s Sea

Tencent Holdings Ltd.

TCEHY -1.49%

has lower its stake in a extremely valued Southeast Asian web firm, shedding an possession place that was value about $3 billion.

Tencent, one of many greatest Chinese language web companies, stated it’s promoting about 14.5 million shares of

Sea Ltd.

SE -11.41%

, an organization that runs that runs a preferred e-commerce platform referred to as Shopee, makes digital video games and presents on-line monetary companies. U.S.-traded shares of Sea had closed on Monday at $223.31 apiece.

Following the deal, Tencent will nonetheless have a roughly 19% fairness stake in Singapore-headquartered Sea, down from 21% beforehand, and it stated it could preserve enterprise relationships with the corporate. Tencent stated it plans to make use of proceeds from the Sea transaction to fund different investments and social initiatives.

Tencent, which owns the WeChat social-media app, additionally has videogame studios and has collaborated with Sea on videogame distribution in Southeast Asia for years.

Traders bought off Sea inventory on information of Tencent’s divestment, sending its U.S.-traded shares down 11% on Tuesday to shut at $197.84. Sea’s valuation has gained important floor in recent times, with shares buying and selling at almost 5 instances the place they began 2020 even after Tuesday’s decline. Sea’s market capitalization has just lately topped $120 billion.

Tencent bought its Sea shares at $208 apiece, on the backside of an supplied vary, in line with a time period sheet seen by The Wall Avenue Journal. The sale raised slightly over $3 billion.

“The share sale unlocks a portion of the worth of Tencent’s funding in Sea, which has seen important development and growth in its world enterprise operations,” Tencent stated. The corporate added that the deal’s provisions limit additional gross sales of Sea inventory over the subsequent six months.

Final month, Tencent unwound a good bigger company funding when it distributed 457 million shares of

JD.com Inc.

to its personal shareholders within the type of a dividend. These shares in JD.com, an e-commerce firm, have been value about $16.4 billion on the time. Analysts stated that the transfer may need been a response to dangers posed by an aggressive regulatory stance by China’s authorities.

Chinese language expertise corporations have been dealing with authorities stress associated to anticompetitive conduct and privateness points, a part of a marketing campaign Beijing has stated is meant to get the businesses to serve public pursuits higher.

Tencent was among the many companies focused by the federal government in an effort to rein of their use of massive information in offering monetary companies.

Tencent’s Hong Kong-listed shares fell 3% in Wednesday morning buying and selling. They’ve declined about 25% over the previous 12 months.

China’s Tencent is backing the builders of blockbuster videogames similar to ‘Pokémon Unite’ and ‘League of Legends.’ However Beijing’s crackdown on the business at dwelling, together with when minors can play on-line video games, might have an effect on the corporate’s world videogame empire. Picture composite: Sharon Shi

Write to Matt Grossman at matt.grossman@wsj.com

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Appeared within the January 5, 2022, print version as ‘Tencent Unloads $3 Billion Stake in Web Firm.’

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