BEIJING, October 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — 58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) (“58.com” or the “Company”), China’s largest online marketplace serving local merchants and consumers, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to invest US$20 million for a minority equity stake in Edaijia, Inc. Edaijia, which in English means “E-designated driver,” is a leading platform for mobile-based designated driver services in China. The closing of this transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. This transaction is expected to close in late October 2014.
“Innovations in the mobile Internet are reshaping local services, and Edaijia is a great example,” commented Michael Yao, Chairman and CEO of 58.com, “Edaijia has fundamentally improved user experience when it comes to local services by building a powerful mobile platform that benefits both consumers and drivers.”
Mr. Yao continued, “We believe our investment in Edaijia will be a win-win for both companies. Edaijia is a market leader and has a great team with a solid track record. We plan to help them generate higher traffic from our site, a recognized brand, and share our management experience to help accelerate the growth of Edaijia. We expect the integration of Edaijia’s service onto 58.com’s platform will also enrich the experience for our own users. Through organic business innovations and investment opportunities such as Edaijia, we hope to build a larger local services ecosystem with a goal of continually bringing more value to our users.”
About 58.com Inc.
58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) operates China’s largest online marketplace serving local merchants and consumers, as measured by monthly unique visitors on both its www.58.com website and mobile applications. The Company’s online marketplace enables local merchants and consumers to connect, share information and conduct business. 58.com’s broad, in-depth and high quality local information, combined with its easy-to-use website and mobile applications, has made it a trusted marketplace for consumers. 58.com’s strong brand recognition, large and growing user base, merchant network and massive database of local information create a powerful network effect.
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