SHANGHAI, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- E-House (China) Holdings Limited ("E-House" or the "Company") (NYSE: EJ), a leading real estate services company in China, today announced two new strategic initiatives that will expand the Company's services to real estate related financial services and community value-added services.
Mr. Xin Zhou, co-chairman and CEO of E-House, said, "Being the leader and integrator of China's real estate services has always been E-House's mission. Over the past ten years, E-House has established three strong platforms in real estate brokerage, information consulting, and online/e-commerce services, and has become a market leader in these areas. We have also accumulated valuable resources and expertise in the real estate service sector. Today, with the backdrop of financial reforms and the rapid evolution of the Internet and mobile technology, we are leveraging our various resources and existing strengths to launch two new real estate service platforms, specifically a real estate-oriented financial services platform and community value-added services platform, which are consistent with our goal of expanding our real estate services chain and in the spirit of the Company's motto of 'let all Chinese live better.'"
To establish the financial services platform, E-House plans to form a joint venture, together with SINA Corporation ("SINA") (NASDAQ: SINA), Sequoia Capital China, and Yunfeng Capital. The joint venture will leverage E-House's vast home buyer data and SINA's huge number of high-end online users to launch a series of asset (existing home) backed financial products, bridging individuals who have borrowing needs (borrowers) and those who have investment demands (investors). The real estate financial service joint venture will be an important part of SINA's overall online financial services platform. E-House and SINA will each have a 42.5% stake in the new joint venture.
E-House also announced today that it plans to form a joint venture with SINA, Focus Media Holding Limited ("Focus Media"), and Shentong Express Co., Ltd. ("Shentong Express") to provide online to offline ("O2O") community value-added services. The community-focused joint venture, of which E-House will have a 55% stake, will leverage SINA Weibo, WeMeet social network community online accounts, and mobile applications to reach consumers in local communities. Together with Focus Media's leading digital interactive media community networks and Shentong's logistical capabilities, the new joint venture aims to enable homeowners to find and connect with local service providers best suited to meet their "last mile" needs. In connection with the establishment of this community value-added service joint venture, E-House has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Shanghai Shangfang Property Management Ltd. ("Shangfang Property Management") and nine other leading property management companies in Shanghai. The new community value-added service joint venture will target approximately 500 communities currently served by those ten property management companies, reaching nearly one million residents with online to offline services.
Mr. Zhou added, "Through our tireless efforts over many years, E-House now proudly owns three leading, high-quality real estate service platforms in China. We will continue to work hard to enhance these existing platforms. Meanwhile, we believe there are huge market opportunities in real estate financial services and community value added services and believe that through hard work, product innovation and strong execution, we will be able to capture new opportunities, provide better and more comprehensive services to our customers, and make E-House a stronger enterprise while creating new and lasting value for our shareholders."
E-House (China) Holdings Limited ("E-House") (NYSE: EJ) is China's leading real estate services company with a nationwide network covering approximately 255 cities. E-House offers a wide range of services to the real estate industry, including online advertising and e-commerce, primary sales agency, secondary brokerage, information and consulting, offline advertising and promotion, and real estate investment management services. E-House has received numerous awards for its innovative and high-quality services, including "China's Best Company" from the National Association of Real Estate Brokerage and Appraisal Companies and "China Enterprises with the Best Potential" from Forbes. For more information about E-House, please visit http://www.ehousechina.com.
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