Alibaba Group has tripled its net profit in the first quarter to US$669 million on the back of rising profitability.
For the three months ended June, it recorded margins of 48.4 percent--much higher than U.S. rivals such as Amazon (0.51 percent) and eBay (18.1 percent), noted Bloomberg on Wednesday. Alibaba's profitability is also double that of Apple's 21.9 percent in the same period.
The Chinese e-commerce giant saw 71 percent rise in revenue for the first quarter at US$1.38 billion, according to a presentation by Yahoo, which owns a quarter of the company. Alibaba's showing was a bright spot for the U.S. firm's .
While Alibaba has not commited to a, founder Jack Ma last year said the company could go public within five years. Analysts have valued the company as high as US$100 billion, and believe another quarter of strong earnings will put it in good position for a listing in the second half of 2013.
In the previous quarter, Q1 earnings at US$130 million on the back of revenue at $13.18 billion.to US$642.2 million on the back of a 80 percent rise in revenue at US$1.84 billion--a 35 percent profit margin. In the same period, Amazon booked
Earlier this week, Alibaba announced a "strategic investment" in travel Web site Qyer. Financial details were not disclosed. The transaction followed a string of other purchases including, AutoNavi, in May for US$294 million. In April, it announced plans to buy an , for US$586 million.