Tencent buys 5% share in Tesla, becoming one of the company’s largest shareholders

Anisa Menur
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2016 had been a great year for Tencent as it experienced its highest revenue jump since 2012

Asian tech giant Tencent has just bought a five per cent share in Tesla, according to several media reports, making it into one of the largest shareholders in the American automaker.

Based on information in a US regulatory filing, Tencent has purchased 8,167,544 shares for around US$1.7 billion.

Apart from gearing up Tesla for the launch of its Model 3 later this year, analysts stated that the investment could help the automaker sell or even build cars in China.

In a series of tweets, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated that he was “glad” to have Tencent as investor and adviser, adding that there are “very few” Model 3 orders from China, despite being the world’s largest market for cars.

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Tesla’s stock has risen for 3.6 per cent on Tuesday. However, Bloomberg noted that it remains “less than six per cent away from its all-time intraday peak”, with its market cap “roughly” US$1 billion below automaker giant Ford.

Tencent itself has recently released its Q4 2016 and annual results, where it reported a net profit of RMB41.45 billion (US$6 billion) for 2016, up 42 per cent from the previous year. It has been the company highest revenue jump since 2012.

It has recently invested in video-streaming platform Kuaishou, which has been reported to have an eye for a US IPO this year.

Tencent has also been rumoured to consider investment in Indonesian ride-hailing giant Go-Jek.

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