Naspers wants to spend $1 billion in India this year; scouts for fintech deals

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Published: March 14, 2019 4:35:52 AM

Naspers is in talks to inject around $200 million into business loan provider Capital Float and payments security firm Wimbo as a first step.

nasper, us dollar, india, china, food deliverySome of Naspers’ biggest Indian investments have focused on food delivery.

Naspers wants to spend about $1 billion in India this year as it scours the globe for investments that can replicate its blockbuster bet on China’s Tencent Holdings, a person familiar with the matter said.
Africa’s largest company by market value is in talks to inject around $200 million into business loan provider Capital Float and payments security firm Wimbo as a first step, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions, who asked not to be identified as the talks are private.

A Naspers representative declined to comment.

Cape Town-based investment group Naspers is the largest shareholder in gaming and social media giant Tencent and has around $9 billion in cash after trimming its stake last year and selling Indian e-commerce start-up Flipkart to Walmart.

Surging smartphone adoption has led to explosive growth in fintech and e-commerce in India and a host of local start-ups are vying with US giants Amazon.com, Alphabet’s Google and Facebook for a slice of the action.

Some of Naspers’ biggest Indian investments have focused on food delivery. It took some of the proceeds from selling down its Tencent holding to lead a $1-billion funding round for Bengaluru-based online food company Swiggy in December.

Part of this year’s $1-billion Indian investment drive could see Naspers increase its presence in food delivery, one of the people said.

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