BEIJING, Dec. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Phoenix New Media Limited ("Phoenix New Media", "ifeng" or the "Company") (NYSE: FENG), a leading new media company in China, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Telling Telecommunication Co., Ltd ("Telling Telecom"), the sole shareholder of Beijing Yitian Xindong Network Technology Co., Ltd. ("Yitian Xindong"), to acquire 25.5% equity interests in Yitian Xindong for an aggregate purchase price of RMB144 million, subject to certain price adjustment mechanisms based on Yitian Xindong's operating and financial performance in 2019 and 2020 (the "Acquisition"). Before the Acquisition, Yitian Xindong is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telling Telecom, which is listed on the main board of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (stock code: 000829). Yitian Xindong owns the mobile application Tadu, a leading online reading application in China that currently has more than one million daily active users.
Concurrently, Telling Telecom also agreed to transfer another 25.5% equity interests in Yitian Xindong to Shenzhen Bingruixin Technology Co., Ltd. ("Bingruixin"). Bingruixin will grant an option that will allow the Company to acquire the 25.5% equity interests from Bingruixin for RMB144 million, subject to certain price adjustment mechanisms based on Yitian Xindong's operating and financial performance in 2019 and 2020 (the "Call Option"). Before the Company exercises such option, Bingruixin agreed to entrust voting rights with respect to the 25.5% equity interests in Yitian Xindong to the Company (the "Voting Rights Entrustment") prior to March 15, 2019. Because of the Voting Rights Entrustment, the Company expects to be able to consolidate Yitian Xindong upon completion of the Acquisition. However, if the Company explicitly renounces the Call Option or does not exercise the Call Option before March 15, 2019, both the Call Option and the Voting Rights Entrustment will automatically expire.
"We are very excited to make a strategic investment in Yitian Xindong," said Mr. Shuang Liu, Chief Executive Officer of ifeng. "We see great synergies between FanYue and Tadu will enable us to further expand our user base and strengthen our capabilities in IP developments. These are two very complementing products. Our cooperation with Yitian Xindong will allow us to accelerate the progress of our content strategy and optimize our revenue structure."
About Phoenix New Media Limited
Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE: FENG) is a leading new media company providing premium content on an integrated platform across Internet, mobile and TV channels in China. Having originated from a leading global Chinese language TV network based in Hong Kong, Phoenix TV, the Company enables consumers to access professional news and other quality information and share user-generated content on the Internet and through their mobile devices. Phoenix New Media's platform includes its ifeng.com channel, consisting of its ifeng.com website and web-based game platform, its video channel, comprised of its dedicated video vertical and mobile video services, and its mobile channel, including its mobile Internet website, mobile applications and mobile value-added services.
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