Naspers is participating in a R201-million funding round involving Cape Town-founded start-up WhereIsMyTransport, along with fellow investors Cathay AfricInvest Innovation Fund and SBI Investment.
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.
JSE-listed Transaction Capital said on Wednesday that it is in talks to increase its stake in WeBuyCars to 74.9%, a move that will give it control over the South African online car marketplace.
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.