Alibaba Group growth forecast ‘just’ 27% in next financial year

Chinese online giant Alibaba Group has announced its end of year results and Q4 ending March 31. While Alibaba had revenue growth of 22% in Q4 in spite of the pandemic, it expects slower growth of ‘just’ 27% in the coming year as against 35% on last year based on reduced growth in domestic consumption.

Daniel Zhang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba Group said: “Alibaba achieved the historic milestone of US$1 trillion in GMV across our digital economy this fiscal year.

“Our overall business continued to experience strong growth, with a total annual active consumer base of 960 million globally, despite concluding the fiscal year with a quarter impacted by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has fundamentally altered consumer behaviour and enterprise operations, making digital adoption and transformation a necessity. We are well positioned and prepared to help large and small businesses across a wide spectrum of industries achieve the digital transformation they need to survive this difficult period and eventually prevail in the new normal.

“By focusing on the long term and investing in value creation for our consumers and business customers, we believe we will emerge from this crisis stronger and be ready to capture more growth in the future.”

Maggie Wu, Chief Financial Officer of Alibaba Group said: “Despite a challenging quarter due to reduced economic activities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in China, we achieved our annual revenue guidance of over RMB500 billion. Revenue growth of 35% year over-year was driven by solid performance of our domestic retail businesses as well as robust cloud computing revenue growth,

“Our adjusted EBITDA grew 29% year-over-year, reflecting our discipline in allocating resources to key strategic growth areas while optimising costs and improving efficiency. Although the pandemic negatively impacted most of our domestic core commerce businesses starting in late January, we have seen a steady recovery since March. Based on our current view of Chinese domestic consumption and enterprise digitisation, we expect to generate over RMB650 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2021.”