Naspers Limited Today Announced Its Results for the Half-Year to 30 September 2018

CAPE TOWN, South Africa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Naspers Limited (JSE: NPN; LSE: NPSN):

Group Highlights

  • Revenues increased 29%1 year on year to
    2 (2017: US$9.0bn2).
  • Trading Profit grew 34%1 year on year to
    2 (2017: US$1.7bn2).
  • Core Headline Earnings grew 39% to US$1.7bn (2017: US$1.2bn).
  • Ecommerce reduced trading losses materially on the back of strong
    contributions from classifieds, which turned profitable including
    letgo, and the business-to-consumer (B2C) segment.
  • Video-entertainment
    business to list on the JSE
    as MultiChoice Group.
  • Strong balance sheet with net cash of US$8.7bn positions the group to
    pursue growth.
  • US$750m invested in classifieds, payments, and online food-delivery.
  • IRR of 22% on existing assets (excluding Tencent) since 2008.
  • Flipkart
    stake sold to Walmart
    for US$2.2bn, at an internal annual rate of
    return of around 29%.

Basil Sgourdos, Group Chief Financial Officer, said

“We executed well in the first half of the financial year, growing
revenue 29%
1 to US$11.0bn2,
and trading profit 34%
1 to US$2.0bn2.
The classifieds business is now profitable including letgo. Trading-loss
margins in etail and payments narrowed considerably as the businesses
delivered solid revenue growth and continued to scale. Naspers continues
its track record of locking in strong returns with the recent sale of

Bob van Dijk, Group Chief Executive, added:

“In September, we took a significant step in our evolution into a
global consumer internet company, announcing our intention to list our
video entertainment business. We believe this will unlock value for
Naspers shareholders while creating an empowered, top 40 JSE-listed
African entertainment company. It means in future, effectively 100% of
our revenues and profits will come from online businesses. Throughout
the period we continued to invest in growth, strengthening our online
food-delivery, classifieds, and payments businesses.”

Koos Bekker, Naspers Chairman, commented:

“The team made good progress in the first half of the year, building
a focused consumer internet company that delivers long-term returns for
shareholders. We also contribute meaningfully to the communities we
serve, and hope to accelerate investing in early-stage technology
companies in South Africa and abroad.”

Our approach
We believe great ideas can change the world –
addressing big societal needs, bringing people closer together,
improving their lives, making them more enjoyable and enriching. We
believe the best ideas often start locally, so we look for exceptional
entrepreneurs that meet the needs of the people and communities they
understand best. And when we see those same needs elsewhere, with our
backing and their ambition, the businesses we invest in and help build
can become global game changers. When we invest in entrepreneurs, it’s a
partnership. We bring resources, scale, experience, and expertise, and
they bring their insight, ideas, passion and ambition. Together, we work
hard to take their company as far as it can go.

About Naspers
Founded in 1915, Naspers is a global internet
and entertainment group and one of the largest technology investors in
the world. Operating in more than 120 countries and markets with
long-term growth potential, Naspers builds leading companies that
empower people and enrich communities. It runs some of the world’s
leading platforms in internet, video entertainment, and media.

Naspers companies connect people to each other and the wider world, help
people improve their daily lives, and entertain audiences with the best
of local and global content. Every day, millions of people use the
products and services of companies that Naspers has invested in,
acquired or built, including Avito, Brainly, Codecademy, eMAG, ibibo,
iFood, letgo, Media24, Movile, MultiChoice, OLX, PayU, Showmax,
SimilarWeb, Swiggy, Twiggle, and Udemy.

Similarly, hundreds of millions of people have made the platforms of its
associates a part of their daily lives: Tencent (;
SEHK 00700), (;
LSE: MAIL), MakeMyTrip Limited (;
NASDAQ:MMYT) and DeliveryHero (;
Xetra: DHER)

Naspers is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (NPN.SJ) and has an
ADR listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: NPSN). For more
information, please visit

The complete results are available on the Naspers website at


1 Growth percentages are shown in local currency terms and
adjusted for mergers and acquisitions unless otherwise stated;

2 All amounts are shown on an economic-interest basis (i.e.
Including a proportionate consolidation of the contribution from
associated and joint ventures) unless stated as being presented on a
consolidated basis.


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