BEIJING, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Autohome Inc. (NYSE: ATHM) (“Autohome” or the “Company”), the leading online destination for automobile consumers in China, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with TTP Car Inc. (“TTP”), a leading auction platform for used cars in China. Pursuant to the agreement, Autohome will make an investment in TTP through subscription of preferred shares in the capital of TTP for an aggregate purchase price of US$168 million, which is subject to customary closing conditions. In addition, Autohome has the right to purchase up to US$200 million in total principal amount of one or more convertible bonds to be issued by TTP upon Autohome’s request.
Mr. Min Lu, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Autohome, stated, “Over the past two years, we have witnessed the robust development of China’s used car market. As a leading used car auction platform in China, TTP is well positioned to add significant synergetic value to Autohome’s used car business. By working closely with TTP, Autohome will deeply integrate itself into upstream supply of used cars, leverage the transaction business to further develop its auto finance operations, and build a comprehensive C2B2C ecosystem for used car transactions, aiming to become China’s largest used car platform.”
Mr. Jun Zou, Chief Financial Officer of Autohome, added, “Our previous investment in TTP in 2018 has proven highly successful. Autohome in combination with TTP has become the largest online used car platform in China by total number of leads generated in 2019, according to iResearch. Integrating Autohome’s online capabilities with TTP’s offline presence, we expect to deliver enhanced value proposition by providing the best solutions for our users and customers. We look forward to generating stronger synergies and boosting growth through our add-on investment in TTP.”
About Autohome Inc.
Autohome Inc. (NYSE: ATHM) is the leading online destination for automobile consumers in China. Its mission is to enhance the car-buying and ownership experience for auto consumers in China. Autohome provides original generated content, professionally generated content, user-generated content, AI-generated content, a comprehensive automobile library, and extensive automobile listing information to automobile consumers, covering the entire car purchase and ownership cycle. The ability to reach a large and engaged user base of automobile consumers has made Autohome a preferred platform for automakers and dealers to conduct their advertising campaigns. Further, the Company’s dealer subscription and advertising services allow dealers to market their inventory and services through Autohome’s platform, extending the reach of their physical showrooms to potentially millions of internet users in China and generating sales leads for them. The Company offers sales leads, data analysis, and marketing services to assist automakers and dealers with improving their efficiency and facilitating transactions. Autohome operates its “Autohome Mall,” a full-service online transaction platform, to facilitate transactions for automakers and dealers. Further, through its websites and mobile applications, it also provides other value-added services, including auto financing, auto insurance, used car transactions, and aftermarket services. For further information, please visit www.autohome.com.cn.
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