Continuing its push for more market share in Asia, eBay announced plans to expand its Gmarket online marketplace in Japan and Singapore through a joint venture with Young Bae Ku, Gmarket's founder.
Each party is putting $10 million toward the joint venture, with eBay contributing assets from Gmarket's existing businesses in Japan and Singapore. Under the agreement, eBay will have a 49 percent stake, while Ku—who will serve as the joint venture company's CEO—will own 51 percent.
eBay acquired Gmarket less than a year ago to solidify its dominance in the South Korean e-commerce market. The company is currently integrating Gmarket with Internet Auction Company (IAC), a South Korean marketplace it acquired in 2001.
eBay has long viewed Asia as region ripe for e-commerce growth. According to eBay, from 2009 to 2012, Japan's e-commerce market is expected to grow 30 percent, while Singapore's is forecast to grow 13 percent. The joint venture with Ku could provide a foundation for long-term expansion of Gmarket into other Asian markets as well, the company said.
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