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Naspers Limited (JSE: NPN; LSE: NPSN) today announced its results for the half-year to 30 September 2018

Naspers Limited (JSE: NPN; LSE: NPSN) today announced its results for the half-year to 30 September 2018 South Africa, Cape Town 30 November 2018 - Naspers Limited (JSE: NPN; LSE: NPSN) today announced its results for the half-year to 30 September 2018.
 

“ECOMMERCE UNITS DELIVERED STRONG PROFIT CONTRIBUTIONS, NASPERS WELL-POSITIONED TO DRIVE GROWTH,” CONFIRMED BOB VAN DIJK, GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE.

 
Group Highlights
  • Revenues increased 29%1 year on year to US11.0bn2 (2017: US$9.0bn2). 
  • Trading Profit grew 34%1 year on year to US$2.0bn2 (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 Flipkart.

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.”
 
 
Key metrics 1H FY19 1H FY18
  US$’m US$’m
Revenue2 11 022 8 987
Trading profit2 2 035 1 665
Core headline earnings 1 664 1 196
Free cash in/(out)flow 271 (96)
Consolidated development spend 233 331
 
 
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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 (www.tencent.com; SEHK 00700), Mail.ru (www.corp.mail.ru; LSE: MAIL), MakeMyTrip Limited (www.makemytrip.com; NASDAQ:MMYT) and DeliveryHero (www.deliveryhero.com; 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 www.naspers.com
 
 
For more information:
 
Eoin Ryan
Head of Investor Relations
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Email:      [email protected]
 
Shamiela Letsoalo
Media Relations, South Africa
Tel:          +27 11 289 3750
Mobile:   +27 78 802 6310
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The complete results are available on the Naspers website at www.naspers.com/investors


NOTES
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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