MTN Group said on Friday it had now exited its 18.9% stake in African online retailer Jumia, making R2.3-billion in net proceeds.
MTN said in August it had filed with the New York Stock Exchange to prepare for a secondary sale of Jumia shares as part of a R25-billion divestment plan aimed at simplifying its portfolio over the next three to five years.
“The group has now fully exited its 18.9% investment in Jumia,” MTN said in a statement.
“We are proud to have been a partner in the evolution of one of Africa’s pioneering online marketplace businesses and will continue our relationship with Jumia through ongoing operational partnerships in some markets,” it continued.
E-commerce unicorn Jumia became Africa’s first tech firm to list in New York in 2019, when its shares soared to give the company a market valuation of nearly US$2-billion.
But it has so far failed to make a profit, and its shares have since fallen by two thirds, also partly driven by a short-seller casting doubt on its sales figures.
MTN did not specify what the funds would be used for, but its divestment aims include paying down debt. — Reported by Emma Rumney, (c) 2020 Reuters