Tencent will reduce is staking from 17% to 2.3%.
The proceeds will help Tencent provide shareholders with a $16.4 billion dividend.
After long being JD’s largest stakeholder, Tencent will give the title to Walmart.
This seems to be a Tencent strategy that has paid off in the long term. Instead of Tencent looking to acquire many companies in adjacent industries – they have decided to acquire minority stakes in a huge number of technology companies globally.
Its far easy to own more when you own a minority. If Tencent were to acquire more companies – they would have issues with Government and regulator approval.