Best Inc., a logistics company providing services in China and Southeast Asia, has revealed that it has received an offer to acquire its entire business from CEO and co-founder Shao-Ning Johnny Chou as a representative of a consortium. This consortium includes the company’s co-founders, head of investment, Denlux Logistics fund, Alibaba’s fund, BJ Russell Holdings, and Alibaba’s subsidiary, Cainiao.
The proposed deal involves buying back Best Inc.’s shares at a price of $0.144 per ordinary share or $2.88 per ADS share. The board of directors has appointed a special independent committee to review the offer’s suitability, but no opinion has been given at this point.
The key point of this deal is that Best Inc. is a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, while the consortium includes Cainiao, Alibaba’s logistics subsidiary, which is considered a competitor to Best. Meanwhile, Alibaba has plans to spin off its business into six subsidiaries, each trading separately in the stock market. Cainiao has also filed for a listing in Hong Kong, expecting to become one of the largest IPOs. This acquisition of Best could potentially strengthen business scale and networks.
TLDR: Best Inc., a logistics company, has received an offer to acquire its entire business from a consortium including CEO Shao-Ning Johnny Chou and Alibaba’s subsidiaries. This proposed deal could enhance Best’s business and network.