Bloomberg News: China’s ByteDance seeks US$60b TikTok valuation in US deal

This illustration photo taken November 21, 2019, shows the logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. — AFP pic
This illustration photo taken November 21, 2019, shows the logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. — AFP pic

NEW YORK, Sept 20 — China’s ByteDance Ltd is seeking a valuation of US$60 billion (RM2.4 trillion) for TikTok as Oracle Corp and Walmart Inc take stakes in the short-video app’s business to address US security concerns, Bloomberg News reported today, citing an unnamed person familiar with the matter.

Oracle will take a 12.5 per cent stake in TikTok Global and store all its US user data in its cloud to comply with US national security requirements, the companies said yesterday. Retail giant Walmart said it would take a 7.5 per cent stake.

The two companies would pay a combined US$12 billion for their stakes if they agree to a US$60 billion asking price, Bloomberg reported.

ByteDance, TikTok, Oracle and Walmart did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the report.

The final valuation had not been set as the companies worked out the equity structure and measures for data security, the Bloomberg report added.

US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that he supported a deal in principle would allow TikTok to continue to operate in the United States, even as it appeared to conflict with his earlier executive order for China’s ByteDance to divest the video app.

ByteDance was racing to avoid a crackdown on TikTok after the US Commerce Department said on Friday that it would block new downloads and updates to the app from today.

US officials had expressed concern that the personal data of as many as 100 million Americans that use the app were being passed on to China’s Communist Party government. — Reuters

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