Changyou Plans to Invest Into Mobile Browser Creator MoboTap.
Changyou.com Limited , a leading online game developer and operator in China, and MoboTap Inc. (“MoboTap”), a Cayman Islands company that is the mobile technology developer behind the Dolphin Browser, today jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive investment agreement (the “Investment Agreement”) pursuant to which Changyou will purchase 51% of the equity interests in MoboTap on a fully-diluted basis, for cash consideration of US$91 million.
In addition, Changyou will provide US$30 million in funding to MoboTap by purchasing a zero-coupon convertible bond due in five years. Changyou will have the option, exercisable at any time when the bond is outstanding, to convert all or any part of the unpaid principal into shares of MoboTap at a conversion price that would result in Changyou’s equity interest in MoboTap increasing to 60% on a fully-diluted basis, measured as of the closing under the Investment Agreement, if the option is exercised in full. The transaction is expected to close in August 2014, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
MoboTap is the creator of Dolphin Browser, a free mobile browser for Android and iOS devices and is one of the most popular third-party mobile browsers in terms of the total number of downloads in the month of March 2014 according to App Annie. Over 100 million users globally have used Dolphin Brower, with the vast majority of its users based in the U.S. and Europe.
Mr. Tao Wang, Changyou’s chief executive officer, said, “The success of Dolphin Browser clearly reflects the MoboTap team’s ability to translate their solid understanding of mobile users’ needs and strong technical expertise into successful products and a global business. I am excited to work with MoboTap and we will support Dolphin Browser to grow its market share even further.”
Mr. Yongzhi Yang, chief executive officer of MoboTap, said, “MoboTap went from a small startup to now a company with 100 million users worldwide. The mobile browser is the gateway to the Internet on mobile devices and our passion for creating the best mobile user experience has never changed. I am happy that Changyou also shares our vision for the future of mobile Internet and will be our strong supporter of our global expansion.”