Our FREE Investing Newsletter
    Get Exclusive Summer Sale Discounts

    By joining our email marketing list you agree to receive marketing emails from Hedgeye. You may unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in one of the emails. All Hedgeye products and services are subject to Hedgeye’s Terms of Service available at www.hedgeye.com/terms_of_service

Takeaway: First lock-up doesn't matter. The next one (3/2015) is larger than its current float, owned mostly by institutional investors


  1. FIRST LOCK-UP EXPIRATION DOESN'T MATTER: Roughly 8M additional ADS became available for trading from preferred shares (if converted) on Monday.  Note the lock-up expiration dates are tied to the date of the last prospectus (not the IPO date) so the lock-up expired Monday (not today). Those shares would only represent ~2% of BABA's current ADS float.
  2. NEXT LOCK-UP EXPIRATION IS MASSIVE: Roughly 429M ADS will become available on 3/14/2015, which is greater than the current number of ADS floated on the market today (~368M).  Note that the overwhelming majority of that lock-up (~316M) is tied to institutional investors other than Yahoo and Softbank.  Another 114M is tied to employees/equity compensation plans and independent directors.  Naturally we're not expecting this tranche to dump all their shares, but it wouldn't take much to considerably dilute BABA's ADS.

BABA: When the Lock-Up Expiration Matters - BABA   Lock Up Expiration

See the links below for our current thoughts on BABA.  In summary, we have a bearish long-term fundamental view on the company, but are on the sidelines looking for a better entry point on the short side.  

BABA: Model Facing Secular Pressure

12/04/14 09:17 AM EST

(click here)

BABA: What the Street is Missing

11/26/14 08:03 AM EST

(click here)

BABA: Leaning Short, But...

10/21/14 07:02 AM EDT

(click here)

Let us know if you have any questions or would like to discuss in more detail.  

Hesham Shaaban, CFA