Company Becomes Exclusive Operator of Baidu's Real Estate Channels
SHANGHAI, May 13 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China Real Estate Information Corporation ("CRIC" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: CRIC), a leading provider of real estate information, consulting and online services in China, today announced that it has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Baidu, Inc. ("Baidu") (NASDAQ: BIDU), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider.
Under the cooperation agreement entered into between CRIC and Baidu, CRIC obtains the exclusive right to build and operate all of Baidu's web channels related to real estate and home furnishing, including among others, http://house.baidu.com , http://leju.baidu.com and http://jiaju.baidu.com . CRIC will retain all revenues generated from these channels.
"Our cooperation with Baidu is a major strategic milestone for CRIC," said Mr. Xin Zhou, CRIC's co-chairman and chief executive officer. "As a leading provider of online real estate services in China, CRIC already operates a leading online real estate media platform in cooperation with SINA Corporation, the leading online media portal in China, through a number of websites such as http://www.leju.com , http://house.sina.com.cn and http://jiaju.sina.com.cn . The strategic cooperation with Baidu offers a new online real estate search platform and enables us to reach Baidu's vast user base. Going forward, CRIC will be in an enviable position to provide comprehensive and up-to-date information and offer a full range of online products and services to millions of Internet users interested in China's real estate industry. Our diversified service offering and cooperation with China's top online media portal and search provider will go a long way in solidifying our leading position in online real estate services in China."
Mr. Zhou added, "Since CRIC's IPO in October of 2009, we have undertaken a number of initiatives to expand our online business, including the launch of our secondary real estate, tourism, and supplier channels, and we are on our way to finalizing the development of our commercial real estate channel. We believe these initiatives, along with our continued efforts to grow our new home and home furnishing channels, will gain new momentum with the strategic cooperation with Baidu."
CRIC plans to launch Baidu's new real estate and home furnishing channels in August 2010. CRIC will pay Baidu a total of RMB200 million (approximately US$29.3 million) over the four-year term of the cooperation agreement for the exclusive right to build and operate these channels. CRIC is a subsidiary of E-House (China) Holdings Limited (NYSE: EJ).
China Real Estate Information Corporation ("CRIC") (NASDAQ: CRIC) is a leading provider of real estate information, consulting and online services with a presence in over 100 cities across China. CRIC, a subsidiary of E-House (China) Holdings Limited (NYSE: EJ), merged with the online real estate business of SINA Corporation (NASDAQ: SINA) upon the completion of CRIC's initial public offering and listing of its ADSs on the NASDAQ Global Select Market in October 2009. Leveraging its proprietary, advanced and comprehensive real estate information database and analysis system, CRIC provides a broad range of real estate-related services to all participants in the real estate value chain, including developers, suppliers, agents, brokers, service providers and individual consumers. CRIC's services include subscription-based information services, customized consulting services and online services through several real estate websites that provide region-specific real estate information and access to online communities. For more information about CRIC, please visit http://www.cric.com .
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