Alibaba cloud division to hit profit by next FY

Alibaba cloud division to hit profit by next FY

Alibaba has said it would invest US$29.36 billion in its cloud infrastructure by 2023

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Chinese tech giant Alibaba's cloud unit expects to be profitable within 2021, a senior executive said on Wednesday.

Maggie Wu, chief financial officer of Alibaba, made the remarks at an live streamed investor day event.

The company, a dominant player in China's cloud market, is fending off challenge from domestic rival Tencent which is also trying to capture cloud business opportunities.

Alibaba has said it would invest 200 billion yuan (US$29.36 billion) in its cloud infrastructure over three years.

In the June quarter, Alibaba's cloud computing revenue grew 59 per cent from a year earlier to 12,345 million yuan on higher revenue contribution from its public cloud and hybrid cloud businesses.

Cainiao, Alibaba's logistics unit, will likely see operating cash flow turn positive in fiscal year 2021, Wu added.

(Reporting by Pei Li and Josh Horwitz; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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