Naspers Acquires 30% in Leading Russian Internet Company
SOUTH AFRICA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Naspers Limited (JSE:NPN) (NASDAQ:NPSN), today announced that it has acquired a 30% minority stake in Russian internet company Mail.ru for a consideration of US$165 million. The shares have been acquired from Digital Sky Technologies and Tiger Global Management, who remain shareholders of the company.
“We are delighted to have Naspers as our partner. They bring experience of various technologies in about 50 countries. We look forward to working with such a globally diversified group.”
Mail.ru is a leading provider of internet and communication services to the global Russian-speaking community, estimated to be approximately 300 million people. Ranked as the number one email service for Russian speaking users, it markets and provides a wide range of communication services. At present Mail.ru has some 24 million unique monthly visitors, and about two billion monthly page views.
Russia has shown good economic growth over the past few years, at a GDP expansion of more than 6% annually.
Commenting on the acquisition, Naspers global internet CEO, Antonie Roux said, “We are impressed with Mail.ru’s excellent management team. What we have found particularly striking is the superb quality of software engineers the Russian education system provides.”
Mail.ru CEO, Dmitry Grishin, said, “We are delighted to have Naspers as our partner. They bring experience of various technologies in about 50 countries. We look forward to working with such a globally diversified group.”
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