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Tencent snaps up 12% stake in Snapchat owner

"We have long been inspired by the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of Tencent"
Tencent snaps up 12% stake in Snapchat owner
Date Type Companies Involved Size
Nov 8, 2017 acquisition Snap Inc. Tencent Not disclosed

Chinese games powerhouse Tencent has acquired a 12% stake in Snapchat owner Snap Inc.

A regulatory filing shows that Tencent bought 145.8 million shares of non-voting Class A common stock in the technology and social media company..

Tencent was already a backer of Snap having previously invested during venture capital fundraising rounds.

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“We have long been inspired by the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of Tencent and we are grateful to continue our longstanding and productive relationship that began over four years ago,” read a statement in the filing.

“For its part, Martin Lau, Tencent's President, informed us that Tencent is excited to deepen its shareholding relationship with us, and that it looks forward to sharing ideas and experiences.”

The news comes after Snap reported lower than expected revenues of $181.7 million and 173 million daily active users.