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SENS: Naspers subsidiary Prosus to acquire up to US$5 billion of Naspers and Prosus shares

30 October 2020

SENS: Naspers subsidiary Prosus to acquire up to US$5 billion of Naspers and Prosus shares Naspers Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 1925/001431/06)
JSE share code: NPN ISIN: ZAE000015889
LSE ADS code: NPSN ISIN: US 6315121003
(Naspers)

NASPERS SUBSIDIARY PROSUS ANNOUNCES ITS INTENTION TO ACQUIRE UP TO US$5 BILLION OF NASPERS AND PROSUS SHARES

Shareholders are referred to the announcement issued by Naspers’s subsidiary Prosus N.V. (Prosus) today in respect of its intention to implement:
  • an on-market Prosus ordinary share N repurchase programme of up to US$1.37 billion from its free-float shareholders (the Share Repurchase); and
  • an on-market Naspers Limited (Naspers) N ordinary share purchase programme of up to US$3.63 billion (the Share Purchase, together with the Share Repurchase, the Proposed Transaction).
Prosus intends to launch the Proposed Transaction following the release of its results for the six months ended 30 September 2020, expected to be announced on 23 November 2020.
The Share Purchase by Prosus constitutes a general repurchase of securities under the JSE Listings Requirements and will be implemented in accordance with, and subject to, the relevant authorities granted by Naspers shareholders.

The board of directors of Naspers believes the purchase of Naspers N shares and the repurchase of Prosus ordinary shares N represent a timely investment in the group’s strong internet portfolio and a sensible use of capital given full market valuations evident in consumer internet and the group’s sizeable consolidated discount to net asset value.

Cape Town 
2020
Sponsor: Investec Bank Limited
 
Enquiries
 
Investor Enquiries
Eoin Ryan, Head of Investor Relations
+1 347-210-4305
Media Enquiries
Shamiela Letsoalo, Media Relations Director SA
+27 78 802 6310
 
 
 
About Naspers
 
Established in 1915, Naspers has transformed itself to become a global consumer internet company and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Through Prosus, the group operates and invests globally in markets with long-term growth potential, building leading consumer internet companies that empower people and enrich communities. Prosus has a listing on Euronext Amsterdam and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Naspers is the majority owner of Prosus.
 
In South Africa, Naspers is one of the foremost investors in the technology sector and is committed to building its internet and ecommerce companies in the country. These include Takealot, Mr D Food, Superbalist, OLX, Autotrader, Property24 and PayU, in addition to Media24, South Africa’s leading print and digital media business.
 
Naspers is also focused on stimulating South Africa’s local tech sector through 
Naspers Foundry. This is a R1.4 billion investment targeting early stage technology companies in South Africa that seek to address big societal needs. To help address youth unemployment in impoverished communities, in 2019, Naspers launched Naspers Labs, a social impact programme for young, unemployed South Africans aged between 17 and 25. Located in low income, urban settings, Naspers Labs provide a structured development journey enabling young people to enter the economy.

Naspers has a primary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (NPN.SJ) and a secondary listing on the A2X Exchange (NPN.AJ) in South Africa, and has an ADR listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: NPSN).
For more information, please visit 
www.naspers.com.
 
Disclaimer
 
No offering is being made to any person in any jurisdiction. This document may not be used for, or in connection with, and does not constitute, or form part of, an offer by, or invitation by or on behalf of Prosus, Naspers or any representative of Prosus or Naspers to purchase any securities or an offer to sell or issue, or the solicitation to buy securities by any person in any jurisdiction. No action has been or will be taken in any jurisdiction by Prosus or Naspers that would permit an offering of securities or possession or distribution of a prospectus in any jurisdiction. Any securities mentioned in this announcement have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended or applicable state or foreign securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under federal or applicable state securities laws or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.

The information contained in this announcement may contain forward-looking statements, estimates and projections. Forward-looking statements involve all matters that are not historical and may be identified by the words “anticipate”, ”believe”, ”estimate”, ”expect”, ”intend”, ”may”, ”should”, ”will”, ”would” and similar expressions or their negatives, but the absence of these words does not necessarily mean that a statement is not forward-looking. These statements reflect Prosus’s intentions, beliefs or current expectations, involve elements of subjective judgement and analysis and are based upon the best judgement of Prosus as of the date of this announcement, but could prove to be wrong.  These statements are subject to change without notice and are based on a number of assumptions and entail known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Therefore, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results.

Any forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this announcement and neither Prosus nor any other person gives any undertaking, or is under any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements for events or circumstances that occur subsequent to the date of this announcement or to update or keep current any of the information contained herein, any changes in assumptions or changes in factors affecting these statements and this announcement is not a representation by Prosus or any other person that they will do so, except to the extent required by law.

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