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Alibaba Group Announces September Quarter 2018 Results

          Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

          "Alibaba had another strong quarter of rapid growth. In particular, annual active consumers increased by 25 million to reach 601 million in the 12 months ended September 30, 2018," said Daniel Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba Group. "We generated synergies across our businesses, demonstrating the power of the Alibaba digital economy, which will be further showcased during our upcoming 11.11 Global Shopping Festival. Under our New Retail strategy, we are realizing our vision to enable renewed growth for traditional retailers through digitizing their store-based operations, powered by Alibaba's technology and consumer insights."
          "We outpaced all industry peers by again delivering robust revenue growth of 54% this quarter," said Maggie Wu, Chief Financial Officer of Alibaba Group. "While the growth of our overall profitability this quarter has been tempered by significant investments in local services, logistics, entertainment and international expansion, our core marketplace business continued to show strong profit and cash flow growth, which enables us to re-invest into strategic areas and our technology."

          BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS
          In the quarter ended September 30, 2018:
          - Revenue was RMB85,148 million (US$12,398 million), an increase of 54% year-over-year.
          Revenue from core commerce increased 56% year-over-year to RMB72,475 million (US$10,553 million).
          Revenue from cloud computing increased 90% year-over-year to RMB5,667 million (US$825 million).
          Revenue from digital media and entertainment increased 24% year-over-year to RMB5,940 million (US$865 million).
          Revenue from innovation initiatives and others increased 20% year-over-year to RMB1,066 million (US$155 million).
          - Annual active consumers on our China retail marketplaces reached 601 million, an increase of 25 million from the 12-month period ended June 30, 2018.
          - Mobile MAUs on our China retail marketplaces reached 666 million in September 2018, an increase of 32 million over June 2018.
          - Income from operations was RMB13,501 million (US$1,966 million), a decrease of 19% year-over-year, primarily due to the consolidation of Ele.me and Cainiao Network, investments in digital media and entertainment and other strategic initiatives, as well as an increase in share-based compensation and depreciation expenses. Adjusted EBITDA increased 7% year-over-year to RMB26,710 million (US$3,889 million).
          - Adjusted EBITA for core commerce was RMB29,807 million (US$4,340 million), an increase of 13% year-over-year. Our marketplace-based core commerce adjusted EBITA, a non-GAAP measurement, increased 27% year-over-year to RMB35,642 million (US$5,190 million).
          - Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB20,033 million (US$2,917 million), and net income was RMB18,241 million (US$2,656 million), representing a year-on-year increase of 13% and 5%, respectively.
          - Non-GAAP net income was RMB23,453 million (US$3,415 million). Diluted EPS was RMB7.62 (US$1.11) and non-GAAP diluted EPS was RMB9.60 (US$1.40).
          - Net cash provided by operating activities was RMB31,407 million (US$4,573 million) and non-GAAP free cash flow was RMB16,033 million (US$2,334 million)
          The full operating results report can be found at
          https://www.alibabagroup.com/en/news/press_pdf/p181102.pdf

          About Alibaba Group
          Alibaba Group's mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company aims to build the future infrastructure of commerce. It envisions that its customers will meet, work and live at Alibaba, and that it will be a company that lasts at least 102 years.