Qihoo 360 Announces Exercise of Put Option with Respect to Joint Venture with Coolpad

Sep 07, 2015, 18:00 ET from Qihoo 360

BEIJING, Sept. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. ("Qihoo 360" or the "Company") (NYSE: QIHU), a leading Internet company in China, today announced that it has issued a notice to Coolpad Group Limited ("Coolpad") (HKSE: 2369) to exercise its put option to require Coolpad to purchase the Company's entire 49.5% stake in Coolpad E-Commerce Inc., a joint venture between the Company and Coolpad set up in December 2014 to focus on mobile terminal products that are distributed through Internet as the primary channel, in accordance with the shareholders agreement relating to the joint venture.

Under the shareholders agreement, the Company has a put option to sell its entire stake in the joint venture to Coolpad at a total price equal to twice its fair market value, exercisable if Coolpad breaches its non-compete obligations under the shareholders agreement.  The Company issued the notice to Coolpad to exercise this put option based on a series of breaches by Coolpad of its relevant non-compete obligations.  

In the notice, the Company has proposed a fair market value of US$742.5 million for the 49.5% stake, based on a US$1.5 billion valuation of the entire share capital of the joint venture.  Accordingly, the purchase price payable by Coolpad would be US$1.485 billion

The Company cautions its shareholders and others considering trading in the Company's securities that it cannot give any assurance that the transfer of the Company's 49.5% stake would close on the terms outlined above or that Coolpad would not dispute, in legal proceedings or otherwise, the Company's right to exercise the put option of the 49.5% stake.

About Qihoo 360

Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (NYSE: QIHU) is a leading Internet company in China. The Company is also the number one provider of Internet and mobile security products in China as measured by its user base, according to iResearch. Qihoo 360 also provides users with secure access points to the Internet via its market leading web browsers and application stores. The Company has built one of the largest open Internet platforms in China and monetizes its massive user base primarily through online advertising and through Internet value-added services on its open platform.

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Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. In China: Tel: +86 10-5878-1574 E-mail: ir@360.cn

In the U.S.: The Piacente Group, Inc. Don Markley Tel: (212) 481-2050 E-mail: qihu@tpg-ir.com

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