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Baidu Says a $1 Billion IPO for Its Video-Streaming Site Is Not in the Works

December 23, 2016, 1:22 PM UTC
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The Baidu Inc. logo is displayed in the reception are of the company's headquarters in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. While Beijing-based Baidu, owner of China's most-used search-engine, is available around the world, more than 99 percent of its revenue comes from China. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Chinese internet giant Baidu said on Friday that reports it is currently pushing for an initial public offering for its video-streaming site iQiyi.com are inaccurate.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Baidu was considering a listing in Hong Kong or the United States next year that could raise about $1 billion.

Baidu (BIDU) said on its official microblog that it does not currently have a timetable for an iQiyi IPO.

 

The internet company said in July that an offer to buy its stake in the online video unit had been withdrawn after it was unable to reach an agreement with a buyer group on a purchase price.

Baidu, which based its initial success on a Google-like search engine, bought the majority stake in the then money-losing iQiyi in 2012, in a push into the highly competitive Chinese digital media market.