JD.com's quarterly loss
widens as costs rise
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[August 15, 2014]
(Reuters) - JD.com Inc,
China's No.2 e-commerce company, reported a bigger
quarterly net loss due to costs related to a partnership
with Tencent Holdings Ltd and higher spending aimed at
better competing with market leader Alibaba Group
The company's American Depositary Shares were down 2.5 percent at
$29.25 in premarket trading on Friday.
JD.com, reporting quarterly results for the first time since going
public in May, said its net loss widened to 582.5 million yuan
($93.9 million), or 5.86 yuan (94 cents) per ADS in the quarter
ended June 30.
In the same quarter last year, the company reported a loss of 28.3
million yuan, or 0.57 yuan per ADS.
Expenses in the latest quarter jumped 66 percent to 29.4 billion
yuan ($4.74 billion).
The company said the net loss was mainly due to the amortization of
intangible assets and business acquisitions related its strategic
partnership with Tencent.
Tencent, China's biggest mobile gaming and social media company,
took a 15 percent stake in JD.com in March to better compete against
The increase in the loss per ADS reflected the conversion of
preferred shares to ordinary shares ahead of the company's IPO.
JD.com beat market estimates on an adjusted basis, however.
The company reported an adjusted loss of 0.01 yuan, or nil cents,
per ADS and a 64 percent rise in revenue to 28.61 billion yuan, or
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Analysts had expected an adjusted loss of 2 cents per ADS and
revenue of $4.39 billion.
The gross value of goods sold more than doubled to $10.2 billion,
while fulfilled orders doubled to 163.7 million. Active customer
accounts rose to 38.1 million from 19.6 million.
The company said it expected revenue in the current quarter to
increase by 55-61 percent to 28-29 billion yuan.
JD.com's ADRs have gained about 44 percent since they started
trading in May.
(Reporting by Soham Chatterjee in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey
and Ted Kerr)
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