HERE expands into China; provides update on shareholders

HERE Technologies’ joint venture in China with NavInfo Co., Ltd, a leading provider of digital maps and location services in China, is now operational, meaning that HERE can begin extending its location services to the country. The two companies plan to cooperate on services for Chinese and global customers across a range of industries, including the automotive market where they are already working together on the creation and provisioning of high definition mapping and location services for automated cars.

In parallel, HERE is proceeding with a planned strategic cooperation with Tencent Holdings Limited, a provider of Internet value-added services in China. Tencent is exploring the use of mapping and location platform services from HERE in its own products and services both in China and internationally.

HERE also provided an update on a previously announced proposal for NavInfo, Tencent, and GIC, a global investment firm, to take a 10% stake in the company by acquiring shares from HERE’s indirect shareholders: AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG.

The three companies, which had sought to jointly acquire the stake through their SIWAY Coöperatief U.A. investment vehicle, are no longer pursuing the transaction. The decision follows a regulatory review process during which the parties determined there was no practicable path to receiving the necessary approval for the transaction to proceed.

HERE noted that the intention remains for the company to have a broader shareholder structure, and that it expects to welcome new investors beyond Audi, BMW, Daimler, Intel and Pioneer in the future.