Alec Macfarlane is a columnist based with Breakingviews’ Asia team in Hong Kong. He was previously with the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, covering the Asian IPO market, and has also covered private equity for Dow Jones in London.
The $50 bln delivery-to-ride-hailing giant’s takeaway unit is expected to post its first profitable quarter on Friday, as it gets better at juggling multiple businesses. It has scaled down a costly bike sharing venture, while a push into groceries and maps plays to its strengths.
Despite a 62% decline in quarterly profit, the $36 bln Chinese internet company gave investors something to cheer with unexpected growth in video. Its main search business is hurting, though, and the ad outlook is weak. ByteDance and Meituan Dianping are coming for Baidu, too.
The U.S. firm, once called a “vulture” by local press, is selling most of its stake in Shinsei Bank after 19 years. With Japanese lenders staggering, cashing out now of what has overall been a lucrative deal makes sense. Foreign funds owe Flowers for giving them a better name.