Weibo Corporation IPO

I was looking through Weibo Corporation’s Form F-1 Registration Statement and reading the risk factors. The F-1 raises some interesting issues that you may not see in other registration statements.

We have limited business insurance coverage. The insurance industry in China is still young and the business insurance products offered in China are limited. We do not have any business liability or disruption insurance coverage for our operations. Any business disruption, litigation or natural disaster may cause us to incur substantial costs and divert our resources.

Not just underinsured, but uninsured.

If the chops of our PRC subsidiary, the VIE and the VIE’s subsidiary are not kept safely, are stolen or are used by unauthorized persons or for unauthorized purposes, the corporate governance of these entities could be severely and adversely compromised.

Theft or misuse of a company chop? Perhaps a uniquely Chinese problem.

Regulation and censorship of information disseminated over the internet in China may adversely affect our business and subject us to liability for information displayed on our platform.

The detailed explanation includes the usual suspects: “internet content providers and internet publishers are prohibited from posting or displaying over the internet content that impairs the national dignity of China, is reactionary, obscene, superstitious, fraudulent or defamatory, or otherwise violates PRC laws and regulations.” The F-1 also includes an opaque reference to an incident that affected the company.

In March 2012, we had to disable the Comment feature on our platform for three days to clean up feeds related to certain rumors.

I like how the F-1 provided a specific date, but only cited “certain rumors.” While the F-1 does not discuss the nature of the rumors, but a quick Google search uncovers the details.

We are required to verify the identities of all of our users who post on Weibo, but have not been able to do so, and our noncompliance exposes us to potentially severe penalty by the Chinese government.

Sounds more like a confession than a disclosure of risk factors. According to the detailed explanation, Weibo has to verify the identity of its users against a Chinese government database. One of the problems that Weibo has encountered in the verification process is “existing user behaviors.” Is this a polite way of saying that its users are submitting false or incomplete information?

We may have to register our encryption software with Chinese regulatory authorities, and if they request that we change our encryption software, our business operations could be disrupted as we develop or license replacement software.

According to the detailed explanation, “foreign and domestic companies operating in China are required to seek approval from the Office of the State for Cipher Code Administration, the Chinese encryption regulatory authority, for the commercial encryption products they use. Companies operating in China are allowed to use only commercial cipher code products approved by this authority and are prohibited to use self-developed or imported cipher code products without approval.” I bet the NSA wishes that American companies could only use NSA-approved encryption products.

Weibo Corp. contracts

ipo Inc. IPO Incorporated filed a Form S-1 Registration Statement in preparation for its initial public offering. Not that long ago, I got all my coupons from the Sunday newspaper. Actually, I clipped the coupons, filed them in an envelope, and never brought them with me when I went to the store. However, my reading and shopping habits have changed.

I canceled my newspaper subscription after one too many missed deliveries. I also realized that I had already read most of the stories that appeared in the newspaper. What was being printed was no longer news, but old wire stories. As for the coupons, is where you can find many of the same bargains that appeared in the Sunday paper, but now on your computer. I can see checking this site before heading to Target.

However, for essential staples, Costco offers most of what I need at a very competitive price. I’m sure I’m not alone, which probably explains why Cerberus will be acquiring Safeway, pending government approvals.

Additional Resources: Incorporated contracts


Candy Crush Saga Risk Factors

King Digital Entertainment plc, the developer of the popular game Candy Crush Saga, booked $632 million in revenues and $149 million in income in Q4 2013. Pretty impressive considering that one product—Candy Crush Saga—accounted for 78% of the company’s gross revenues. Understandably, the company warns:

  • A small number of games currently generate a substantial majority of our revenue.
  • We must develop new games and enhance our existing games so that our players will continue to play our games and make purchases of virtual items within our games.
  • Our free-to-play business model depends on purchases of virtual items within our games, and our business, financial condition and results of operations will be materially and adversely affected if we do not continue to successfully implement this model.
  • A relatively small percentage of our player network accounts for a large portion of our revenue and if we are unable to continue to retain players or if they decrease their spending, our revenue could be harmed.

The big question will be whether Candy Crush is a one-hit wonder.

King Digital Entertainment PLC contracts.


Cortina Systems Contracts

Cortina Systems Inc. had filed a Form S-1 Registration Statement back in March 2011. They withdrew their registration in September 2012. The Cortina Systems Inc. contracts included mostly offer letters. Ltd., an online sports lottery service provider in China, filed a Form F-1 Registration Statement in October 2013. I added their agreements to the website.


Something New, Something Old

Added the Tableau Software Inc. contracts, which Tableau Software had filed last month in anticipation of its IPO.

You can also find more 3dfx Interactive Inc. contracts and Borders Group Inc. contracts.


Shutterstock Contracts

Last May, Shutterstock, Inc. filed a Form S-1 Registration Statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You can find the Shutterstock Inc. contracts from the filing on our website.

In their S-1 statement, I noticed that company listed the use of “open source” software as a risk factor. The company explained that “[s]uch open source licenses typically require that source code subject to the license be made available to the public and that any modifications or derivative works to open source software continue to be licensed under open source licenses.”

If you use “open source” software in your business, keep this risk factor in mind.


Facebook Contracts

You can read the Employment Agreement between Facebook Inc. and Mark Zuckerberg, as well as other Facebook contracts on our site. Other documents include the Employment Agreement with Sheryl Sandberg and the Developer Agreement between Facebook and Zynga.


Skullcandy Contracts

Skullcandy Inc. contracts from their Form S-1 Registration Statement. Featured contracts include an International Distribution Agreement between Skullcandy Inc. and 57 North AB.

Teavana Holdings Inc. contracts are available as well.


Zillow IPO

Zillow, a real estate information company, is going public. Their website is best known for their “Zestimate,” which provides a home value and rental estimate. I’ve added Zillow Inc. contracts to the website.

On a completely different note, this would be the oddest exhibit I’ve found included in a security filing. “Lydia Slotnick Unplugged” script. Obviously, not from Zillow.

ipo licensing agreement

Pandora Media IPO

Pandora filed some interesting contracts, including a Web Site Music Agreement with BMI.