China’s Alibaba Group is roaring ahead with its plan to split into six units, with news on Thursday that the company has approved the spinoff of its cloud computing business.
Earlier this month, news emerged that the company’s logistics arm aims to raise $2 billion via a listing in Hong Kong that will likely take place early next year.
The e-commerce giant posted a 2% rise in revenue for the March quarter that missed expectations, logging revenue of 208.20 billion yuan ($30.12 billion) for the three months ended in March.
That compared with a Refinitiv consensus estimate of 210.3 billion yuan drawn from 26 analysts.
Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders was 23.52 billion yuan, compared with a loss of 16.24 billion yuan.
Earlier this year, Alibaba announced plans to restructure into six units, a move that followed a two-year regulatory crackdown on China’s tech sector.
It expects all of its units except for its China-facing e-commerce division to seek outside funding and go public.
Alibaba on Thursday approved a full spinoff of the Cloud Intelligence Group via a stock dividend distribution to shareholders. It aims to complete the spinoff in the next 12 months.
Finance chief Toby Xu also said Alibaba’s board has approved the process to start external financing for Alibaba International Digital Commerce Business Group and initial public offering (IPO) explorations for Cainiao Smart Logistics Group and the execution of the IPO for Freshippo.
Alibaba has also been struggling to attract new users as China’s e-commerce sector matures and it grapples with inroads made by new competitors such as PDD Holdings and Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok that is also owned by ByteDance.
Revenue for the full year climbed 2% to 868.69 billion yuan, marking its slowest rate of growth since the company went public in 2014.
- Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard