Tencent's offices. Photo: Chris Yunker
Naspers will sell shares in Tencent that could be worth around R125 billion.
It will offer as many as 190 million shares in Tencent to institutional investors, Naspers announced on Thursday morning.
That represents only around 2% of Tencent shares – but the company as a whole is valued at more than $545 billion.
"The funds will be used to reinforce Naspers’ balance sheet and will be invested over time to accelerate the growth of our classifieds, online food delivery and fintech businesses globally and to pursue other exciting growth opportunities when they arise," Naspers said in its statement.
Naspers owns a variety of online businesses across 120 countries.
With the money it will raise from selling the shares, Naspers could buy the Capitec banking group in cash – and still have just about enough money left over to just about buy all of Telkom too.
So Naspers finally selling some of its Tencent holding - 2% worth, taking stake down to 31.2%. I am just curious about what value accretive action they going to take with the cash they will receive.— Delphine Govender (@Delphine_DG) March 22, 2018
Naspers said it would not sell any further shares for at least the next three years, and that Tencent supported its plan.
It "considers Tencent to be one of the very best growth enterprises in any industry in the world, managed by an exceptionally able team", Naspers said.
At the end of the sale Naspers would still own 31.2% of Tencent.
Naspers shares fell sharply on the news.
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