BEIJING and DALLAS, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NQ Mobile Inc. ("NQ Mobile") (NYSE: NQ), a leading global provider of mobile Internet services, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the controlling stake of Beijing Feiliu Jiutian Technology Co. ("Feiliu") not already owned by NQ Mobile. As part of the acquisition, NQ Mobile expects to provide restricted shares and a performance-based earn out if Feiliu continues to achieve certain performance milestones.
Founded in 2009, Feiliu is a leading mobile interest-based community platform with coverage in China that engages users in real-time mobile online activities. Feiliu provides application recommendation services, interest-based exchanges, and mobile games to its user communities. Feiliu has over 57 million registered users and 12 million monthly active users and is the #1 mobile online game distribution platform on iOS in China as of September 30, 2102, according to third party research firm Sino MR.
"We are excited to become part of NQ Mobile," said Dr. Tony Ni, Founder and CEO of Feiliu, "the combination of the two businesses will allow us to offer NQ Mobile's security and privacy products to our user community while giving NQ Mobile's user base access to our unique interest communities, which increases customer loyalty and monetization per user. Together with NQ Mobile, we expect to expand our combined user base and to gain better customer insights as well as to provide better user experience in China and globally."
"With this acquisition, we are able to bring on a talented team and further broaden our offerings to our large and global user bases, while enhancing our ability to acquire, engage and monetize traffic, positioning us to become a leading mobile Internet service platform company," said Dr. Henry Lin, Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO of NQ Mobile, "With security remaining as our core focus, this acquisition will move us one step closer towards establishing a trusted mobile platform bringing users, developers and advertisers together to engage through a variety of products, services, and community exchanges."NQ Mobile will acquire the remaining 77.8% of Feiliu that it does not already own by issuing up to approximately 30.8 million restricted common shares (equivalent to 6.2 million American depositary shares, or ADSs) in NQ Mobile to the founders of Feiliu who will remain with the company after the acquisition, if Feiliu meets certain performance-based milestones. The shares to be issued include approximately 18.5 million restricted common shares (equivalent to 3.7 million ADSs ) at the closing of the transaction and a performance-based earn out of up to approximately 12.3 million restricted common shares (equivalent to 2.5 million ADSs ). Following the transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2012, NQ Mobile will own 100% of Feiliu and expects the transaction to be earnings accretive in 2013.