BEIJING, June 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- 58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) ("58.com" or the "Company"), China's largest online market place for classifieds, today announced that it has acquired a minority stake in 5I5J HOLDING GROUP CO., LTD. (000560.SZ or "5I5J"), a major secondary and rental brokerage company in China. 58.com will pay approximately RMB 1.068 billion in cash for a minority stake of 8.28%.
Mr. Michael Jinbo Yao, Chairman and CEO of 58.com, commented, "58.com and 5I5J's businesses are very complimentary in nature. 58.com always strives to develop our online platform to help our brokerage customers increase the efficiency of their operations. Our positioning as an online platform won't change. 5I5J has a highly professional leadership team with a clear vision and a solid track record that has built highly recognized nationwide brands such as '5I5J' and 'XIANGYU' in the offline brokerage industry. The secondary and rental markets have huge growth opportunities as we expect more new homes to become secondary and rental home transaction inventory in the future. Our investment in 5i5j.com underpins a joint desire to bring substantial improvements in market practices and industry efficiency in this growing market, especially in areas such as automated housing listing interfaces, listing quality improvement, and real estate SaaS development."
In addition to the investment in 5I5J, 58.com also announced that it will launch an investment fund with potential funding from both 58.com and other investors and partners, to explore similar investment opportunities in the brokerage industry. With the launch of this fund, 58.com aims to foster a better real estate eco-system and continue to bring more value-add and better technology to its industry partners.
About 58.com Inc.
58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) operates China's largest online market place for classifieds, as measured by monthly unique visitors on both its www.58.com website and mobile applications. The Company's online marketplace enables local business users and consumer users to connect, share information and conduct business. 58.com's broad, in-depth and high quality local information, combined with its easy-to-use website and mobile applications, has made it a trusted marketplace for consumers. 58.com's strong brand recognition, large and growing user base, merchant network and massive database of local information create a powerful network effect.
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