What Can A Micro-Cap Manager Learn From Alibaba Ltd. (BABA)?

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What Can A Micro-Cap Manager Learn From Alibaba Ltd. (BABA)?
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What Can A Micro-Cap Manager Learn From Alibaba? by The Royce Funds

I admit that I was intrigued by the inspiring story of Jack Ma, the executive chairman of Alibaba. Raised in a family of modest means in mainland China, by age 50 he had managed to start a company that has grown to the size of Walmart on a gross revenue basis in only 15 years.

I thought that an opportunity to hear him speak and experience the investor response was easily worth a lunch. So I attended an afternoon event on June 9 hosted by the Economic Club of New York, a fortunate opportunity offered by a broker that services Royce.

While I look at many initial public offerings, I skipped Alibaba’s, which, at a $20 billion IPO raise, fell just a little outside of the micro-cap range. (As many know, Alibaba is a Chinese Internet company that operates a significant e-commerce platform and also offers cloud computing and other services.)

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