MTN GIVES UP STAKE IN AFRICA’S FIRST UNICORN, JUMIA, POCKETING R2.3BN | AfriTV Online

MTN GROUP reported that it had exited its 18.9 percent stake in African online retailer Jumia, making R2.3 billion in net proceeds. MTN said in a third-quarter update that it had also exited an 8 percent shareholding in MTN Zambia, realising R204 milli...

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MTN GIVES UP STAKE IN AFRICA’S FIRST UNICORN, JUMIA, POCKETING R2.3BN

Published by: A. Odean
11/02/2020 10:37 AM

MTN GROUP reported that it had exited its 18.9 percent stake in African online retailer Jumia, making R2.3 billion in net proceeds. MTN said in a third-quarter update that it had also exited an 8 percent shareholding in MTN Zambia, realising R204 million. The South African media giant's share closed up 4.11 percent at R57.79 on the JSE recently.

 

Jumia, Africa’s first unicorn, was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in April last year. After peaking at $49.77 (about R808) within its first week of trading, the stock fell below its initial public offering price by August, trading at about $3, but it had recovered somewhat to $17.27 recently.

 

MTN’s third-quarter results were strong due to the performance of its larger operations in South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana, and good group-wide growth in subscriber numbers despite challenging trading conditions. “As the Covid-19 pandemic has continued to impact lives and livelihoods across our markets, the group has demonstrated strong operational execution and resilience,” said MTN Group president and chief executive Ralph Mupita.

 

To meet the increase in data and digital usage, MTN had focused its investment on network capacity and modernising its IT systems, spending R16bn on this in the year to the end of the third quarter. Service revenue grew 11.4 percent to more than R43bn. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) increased by 13.9 percent, and the group’s Ebitda margin widened by 1.4 percentage points to 43.3 percent, in line with medium-term targets.

 

MTN South Africa has sustained its turnaround, with an acceleration in its core consumer and enterprise business units. MTN Nigeria recorded a solid result, with some recovery in revenue growth.

 

MTN Ghana delivered another good performance. Mupita said the group remained focused on managing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its staff, customers, networks and the balance sheet and liquidity profile of the group. Through its Y’ello Hope initiative, it would continue to support stakeholders hard hit by the pandemic.

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