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NASPERS LIMITED - Trading statement

Release Date: 16/11/2021 08:00
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Trading statement

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: US6315122092
(“Naspers” or “the company”)

Trading statement

Shareholders are advised that the Naspers group (“the group”) is finalising its condensed
consolidated interim financial statements for the period ended 30 September 2021.

Over the past six months the group posted a solid performance. These results reflect a diverse
ecommerce portfolio, which has grown significantly in value. We aim to increase the size of this
portfolio over coming years. The results for the period reflect continued investment to fund growth
by expanding our existing platforms and building deeper relations with customers and partners.
Additionally, we invested US$5.2bn in new acquisitions to expand our ecosystems, mainly in
edtech and food delivery, and to position the business for continued long-term growth.

Voluntary share exchange

On 16 August 2021, the group completed a voluntary share exchange transaction which resulted
in Prosus free float shareholders (shareholders external to the group) being entitled to 58.9%
effective economic interest in the Prosus NAV, and Naspers 41.1%. The weighted average number
of shares for A and N shareholders was 428 170 201 for the six months ended 30 September 2020,
and total net weighted average number of shares that participated in the economics of Naspers
for the six months ended 30 September 2021 was 364 324 575. The group has illustrated the
anticipated changes in earnings, headline earnings and core headline earnings per share for the
period ended 30 September 2021 as compared to 30 September 2020 in the tables below:

                                 30 September          30 September 2021            Expected
                                         2020                   expected   increase/(decrease)
                                     US cents        increase/(decrease)                    %             
                                                                US cents

 Earnings per share(1)                   500              2 515 – 2 550           503% – 510%

 Headline earnings per share(1)          404                (48) – (20)           (12%) – (5%)

 Core headline earnings* per             363                    29 – 54              8% – 15%

The significant increase in earnings per share is due to a gain of US$12.3bn realised on the sale
of a 2% interest in Tencent in April 2021. This gain is excluded from headline earnings per share
and core headline earnings per share.

Headline earnings is expected to decrease in the current period, mainly due to the increase in net
finance costs and the decrease in the contribution of fair value gains by our associates.

Shareholders are reminded that the board considers core headline earnings an appropriate
indicator of the operating performance of the group, as it adjusts for non-operational items. Core
headline earnings per share for the current period is expected to increase by between 29 and 54
cents per share (between 8% and 15%) driven by a larger contribution from Tencent, despite our                                                                                                 
sale of a 2% holding in that group. This was partially offset by investments to grow our ecommerce
ecosystems and platforms.

More details will be published with the summarised consolidated financial statements on Monday,
22 November 2021.

Financial information on which this trading statement is based has not been reviewed or reported
on by the company’s auditors.

*Core headline earnings, a non-IFRS performance measure, represent headline earnings for the period, excluding certain
non-operating items. Specifically, headline earnings are adjusted for the following items to derive core headline earnings:
(i) equity-settled share-based payment expenses on transactions where there is no cash cost to us. These include those
relating to share-based incentive awards settled by issuing treasury shares, as well as certain share-based payment
expenses that are deemed to arise on shareholder transactions; (ii) subsequent fair-value remeasurement of cash-settled
share-based incentive expenses; (iii) cash-settled share-based compensation expenses deemed to arise from shareholder
transactions by virtue of employment; (iv) deferred taxation income recognised on the first-time recognition of deferred
tax assets as this generally relates to multiple prior periods and distorts current-period performance; (v) fair-value
adjustments on financial and unrealised currency translation differences, as these items obscure our underlying operating
performance; (vi) one-off gains and losses (including acquisition-related costs) resulting from acquisitions and disposals of
businesses as these items relate to changes in our composition and are not reflective of our underlying operating
performance; (vii) the amortisation of intangible assets recognised in business combinations and acquisitions; and (viii)
the donations due to Covid-19, as these expenses are not considered operational in nature. These adjustments are made
to the earnings of businesses controlled by us, as well as our share of earnings of associates and joint ventures, to the
extent that the information is available.

(1) Per share information is based on the net number of A and N ordinary shares in issue during
    the respective periods.
(2) During March 2021, the group changed its definition of adjusted EBITDA and trading loss to
    exclude the remeasurement of the cash settlement share-based payment liability.


16 November 2021
Equity Sponsor: Investec Bank Limited


Investor Enquiries                                           +1 347-210-4305
Eoin Ryan, Head of Investor Relations

Media Enquiries                                              +27 78 802 6310
Shamiela Letsoalo, Media Relations Director SA

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).

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