Singapore Just Bought $1 Billion in Alibaba Stock

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Billionaire Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., speaks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Manila, the Philippines, on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Businesses and people should be free to trade because it's a human right and represents freedom, Ma told the APEC summit. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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(Reuters) – Singapore sovereign wealth funds bought $1 billion of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group’s shares as part of an $8.9 billion sale by Japan’s SoftBank, Alibaba‘s biggest shareholder, the company said on Wednesday.

Singapore’s GIC Private and Temasek Holdings each purchased $500 million of Alibaba shares at $74 apiece through subsidiaries, Alibaba said, offering details of the SoftBank sale announced on Tuesday.

Alibaba purchased $2 billion of its own stock at the same price, in a move which would add to earnings, executive vice chairman Joe Tsai told analysts on a call.

Members of the Alibaba Partnership of senior executives and founders purchased another $400 million, as expected, at the $74 per share price, he added.

SoftBank also offered $5.5 billion in debt securities, which can be exchanged for Alibaba stock in three years, Tsai said.

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SoftBank Group said on Tuesday it would sell at least $7.9 billion of shares in Alibaba to cut the Japanese company’s debt. It said it would remain Alibaba‘s largest shareholder after the sale.

Shares of Alibaba (BABA) fell about 6.5% to close at $76.69.

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