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内容来源及全文链接:Ant Group Boss Tries to Quell Employee Discontent With Promise of Eventual IPO

From WSJ By Keith Zhai and Jing Yang

Facing discontent among employees, Ant Group Co.’s executive chairman said the Chinese financial-technology giant would eventually go public and that the company would look for ways to help workers monetize some of their shares.

In a lengthy memo on Ant’s internal website in response to an employee’s post asking about the company’s future and how it plans to retain talent, Chairman Eric Jing said the company’s management is reviewing its remuneration and incentive policy and working on a “short-term liquidity solution” for employees that would take effect in April, according to people who saw the memo. The solution will likely be a program to buy back some of the employees’ shares, according to people close to the company.

Recently, the owner of popular payments network Alipay has been forced to restructure its business, dial back riskier activities and fall fully in line with financial regulations that are likely to crimp its growth and profitability. Investors and analysts expect Ant to have a lower valuation as a result, and the company is planning to overhaul its business into a financial-holding company that would be overseen by China’s central bank.

“The company will certainly become a public company. I’m fully confident in that,” Mr. Jing said in the memo, while stressing that the priority now is rectifying businesses in accordance with regulatory requirements. It was the first time Ant’s senior management broadly addressed employees and their concerns about the company’s future since the listing was shelved.

Ant has been in close discussion with regulators over the rectification plan, which will address such issues  as corporate governance, setting up a financial holding company and the payment businesses, Mr. Jing said without elaborating, according to the people who saw the memo.

“Ant will not be weakened by the rectification, but will chart a healthier and greater development path,” he said.

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