Naspers and Prosus, the European-listed spin-off of Naspers, have appointed Ervin Tu as group chief of investments, strategy and mergers & acquisitions of both companies.
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Prosus said its e-commerce business grew revenues and shrank trading losses for the year that ended 31 March, even as its overall profit continued to be dominated by its investment in Chinese technology giant Tencent.
Naspers spin-off Prosus is planning to expand its grocery services using “dark stores” as competition booms in the global market for food delivery.
A Swiss-based investment management firm says the proposed share swap between Naspers and Prosus is an “idiotic idea” that is certain to increase the discount with Tencent.
For now, Naspers and Prosus CEO Bob van Dijk has managed to figure out a short-term fix for his problem. Eventually he’ll need to think longer term. By Alex Webb.
Ultimately, investors may have to learn to live with the valuation gap between Naspers and Tencent. And management may have to ignore complaints about it and focus on growing Prosus’s investments.
Prosus on Wednesday announced plans to acquire up to 45.4% of shares in parent Naspers in a deal aimed at moving part of the value of their massive stake in Tencent to Europe from Africa.
Prosus suffers from the same problem as Manchester City Football Club: Because everyone knows it has access to vast amounts of capital, it’s always at risk of overpaying for acquisitions.
Investors in Naspers said on Thursday they want proceeds from a $14.7-billion stake sale in its Tencent Holdings investment to go towards blockbuster acquisitions or a share buyback.
Naspers spin-off, technology investment company Prosus, plans to sell a 2% stake in China’s Tencent, worth about R218-billion at current prices, in an accelerated offering to institutional investors.