May 23, 2018

Tencent becomes first Asian company to be valued over US$500 billion

23 November 2017, 12:27 | Rudolph Thomas

Chinese internet giant Tencent surpasses Facebook in valuation

Tencent becomes the first Chinese tech firm valued over $500B

Tencent joins other major U.S. tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Alphabet, who have all also surpassed the $500 billion valuation mark.

The technology firm, which has its base in China, is the first Asian company to reach such a high number.

Tencent is well known in the industry as the manufacturer of the instant messaging app, WeChat, not to mention a number of online games. Alibaba is now the world's seventh largest company, with a market value of $481 billion, according to Bloomberg.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index cleared the 30,000 barrier for the first time in a decade in early trading on Wednesday, as financial companies rallied. Since then, it has rallied 11,251 per cent. Tencent's stock this year alone is up 121.4 per cent.

Tencent becomes the first Chinese tech firm valued over $500B
China's biggest social media company Tencent is now worth more than Facebook

Despite its phenomenal growth, Tencent is way behind the world's most valuable company, Apple, which is now valued at $873bn. The company reportedly raised $8.3 billion Hong Kong dollars ($1.1 billion) after Tencent priced its 151 million shares at $55 Hong Kong dollars ($7.05) per piece.

Tencent has almost one billion users on its popular WeChat phone platform, where people can chat, post photos, play games, transfer money and pay for a variety of services in China.

Chinese stocks glowed red hot in Hong Kong on Tuesday, with heavyweight Ping An Insurance Group Co. and China Pacific Insurance Group Co. surging more than 7 percent amid optimism over earnings growth. Revenue rose by 61% thanks to its games division, which focuses on PC and mobile.

Other fast-growing parts of the business include digital content such as video, as well as online advertising. It has acquired stakes in both Tesla and Snap, and invested in numerous start-ups in Asia including India's Uber rival Ola. Barclays increased the price target to $59 from $49 for Tencent and increased its forecast for revenue for both 2018 and 2019.

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