The9 Limited Announces Sale of Certain Businesses
SHANGHAI, August 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The9 Limited (NASDAQ: NCTY) (“The9”), an online game developer and operator, announced today that Shanghai The9 Information Technology Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned consolidated variable interest entity of The9, has closed a transaction with Shanghai Zhengwu Investment Center (Limited Partnership) for sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary Shanghai Huopu Cloud Computing Terminal Technology Co., Ltd. (“Huopu Cloud”) for a total consideration of RMB200 million in cash. Huopu Cloud holds a web game QiJiGuiLai and has the right to receive a minority portion of royalties generated from operation of the game Firefall® in mainland China upon payment and other conditions. Firefall® is a MMO shooter game developed by Red 5 Studios, Inc., a subsidiary of The9.
The9 has obtained a fair market value appraisal from an independent valuation advisory firm prior to the completion of the transaction. The board of directors of the Company reviewed the transaction and approved it. The9 intends to use the proceeds of the sale for developing and operating its other MMO, web and mobile games.
About The9 Limited
The9 Limited is an online game developer and operator. The9 develops and operates, directly or through its affiliates, its proprietary MMO, web and mobile games including Firefall® and NBA web and mobile games. In 2010, The9 established its wireless business unit to focus on mobile internet business including mobile reading platform KingReader and mobile advertising platform Juzi. In 2013, The9 formed a joint venture with Shanghai ZTE to develop and operate home entertainment set top box business.
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