Chinese language billionaire Jack Ma will not management Ant Group after the fintech big’s shareholders agreed to reshape its shareholding construction, in response to a press release launched by the corporate on Saturday.
After the adjustment, Ma’s voting rights will fall to six.2%, in response to the assertion and CNN calculations.
Earlier than the restructure, Ma held 50.52% of voting rights at Ant by way of Hangzhou Yunbo and two different entities, in response to its IPO prospectus filed with inventory exchanges in 2020.
Ant added within the assertion that the voting rights adjustment, a transfer to make the corporate’s shareholder construction “extra clear and diversified,” is not going to lead to any change to the financial pursuits of any shareholders.
Ant stated its 10 main shareholders, together with Ma, had agreed to not act in live performance when exercising their voting rights, and would solely vote independently, and thus no shareholder would have “sole or joint management over Ant Group.”
The voting rights overhaul got here after Chinese language regulators pulled the plug on Ant’s $37 billion IPO in November 2020, and ordered the corporate to restructure its enterprise.
As a part of the corporate’s restructuring, Ant’s shopper finance unit utilized for an growth of its registered capital from $1.2 billion to $2.7 billion. The China Banking and Insurance coverage Regulatory Fee not too long ago authorized the applying, in response to a authorities discover issued late final week.
After the fund-raising drive, Ant will management half of its key shopper finance unit, whereas an entity managed by the Hangzhou metropolis authorities will personal a ten% stake. Hangzhou is the place Alibaba and Ant have been headquartered since their inceptions.
Ant Group is a fintech affiliate of Alibaba, each of which have been based by Ma.