E-House Announces New Strategic Initiatives
Company to launch two new real estate service platforms
SHANGHAI, March 11, 2014
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
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
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into new geographical markets in China, E-House's failure to manage its growth
effectively and efficiently, E-House's failure to successfully execute the
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E-House's loss of its competitive advantage if it fails to maintain and
improve its proprietary CRIC system or to prevent disruptions or failure in
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Phone: +1 (616) 551-9714
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