BEIJING, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Baidu, Inc.
(NASDAQ: BIDU) ("Baidu" or the "Company"), a leading search engine,
knowledge and information centered Internet platform and AI
company, today announced that its Smart Living Group ("SLG") has
entered into definitive agreements with CPE, Baidu Capital and IDG
Capital for Series A financing at a post-money valuation of
approximately RMB 20 billion, or
("Transaction"). SLG operates
DuerOS voice assistant and DuerOS-powered smart devices.
The Transaction is subject to certain closing conditions and is
expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020. Upon the
completion of the Transaction, Baidu will hold super voting rights
in SLG and is expected to continue to consolidate the financial
results of SLG, as a majority shareholder.
"We are pleased to see the rapid growth of SLG since inception
in 2017, to become a leading player in China (and globally) in the fast growing voice
assistant and smart devices market by leveraging Baidu's AI
capabilities, " said Robin Li,
Chairman and CEO of Baidu. "This transaction marks another
milestone for Baidu to incubate new businesses with its leading
technologies and strong synergies from Baidu Core, to capture large
market opportunities. "
Baidu, Inc. is a leading search engine, knowledge and
information centered Internet platform and AI company. The
Company's mission is to make a complicated world simpler through
technology. Baidu's ADSs trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market
under the symbol "BIDU". Currently, ten ADSs represent one
Class A ordinary share.
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the Chinese-language Internet search and newsfeed market and the
number of Internet and broadband users in China; Chinese governmental policies relating
to the Internet and Internet search providers, and general economic
conditions in China and elsewhere.
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the Company's annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed
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Investors Relations, Baidu, Inc.
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