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Prosus N.V.: Trading statement

AMSTERDAM, June 11, 2024--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Prosus N.V. (Prosus) (AEX and JSE: PRX): Shareholders are advised that the Prosus group ("the Group") is finalising its financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2024.

Prosus N.V. ("Prosus") is a subsidiary of Naspers Limited ("Naspers"), a company incorporated in South Africa and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange ("JSE") in South Africa.

For context, in terms of the JSE Listings Requirements, South African listed entities with a primary listing on the exchange are obliged to issue a trading statement as soon as they are reasonably certain that the upcoming financial results would differ by at least 20% from those of the previous corresponding period. Trading statements are generally issued to provide shareholders with a range of outcomes in respect of key financial metrics.

The financial results of Prosus almost completely account for Naspers’s results. Based on Naspers’s anticipated results for the year ended 31 March 2024, Naspers is required to issue a trading statement in terms of the above JSE Listings Requirements. To ensure that shareholders of Prosus are provided with equivalent information simultaneously, Prosus is issuing this trading statement.

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During the year our ecommerce businesses delivered peer leading growth and accelerated profitability. We are on track to fulfil our promises of consolidated ecommerce profitability and cash flow generation. These factors, combined with improved profitability from our investments, and the continuation of the share repurchase programme, supported meaningful growth in core headline earnings per share.

Core headline earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the year are expected to increase driven by improved profitability of our ecommerce consolidated businesses and equity-accounted investments, in particular Tencent, and an increase in our net interest income.

Earnings per share is expected to be negatively impacted, driven by a lower gain from a smaller sale of our Tencent shareholding this year compared to last year. In addition earnings from the Group’s equity-accounted investments decreased, primarily due to the lower gains on acquisitions and disposals within Tencent relative to the previous year.

The gains relating to the sell down of Tencent and impairment charges impacting earnings per share are excluded from headline and core headline earnings per share. The board considers core headline earnings an appropriate indicator of the operating performance of the Group, as it adjusts for non-operational items.

The Group has illustrated below the anticipated changes in earnings, headline earnings and core headline earnings per share for continuing operations and total operations for the year ended 31 March 2024 as compared to the restated 31 March 2023 operations. Prior period numbers have been adjusted to reflect the impact of the removal of the cross holding and in the case of continuing operations both the removal of the cross-holding and the exit of the OLX Autos businesses (Details discussed later in the statement):

Continuing operations

Restated
31 March 2023
US cents

31 March 2024
expected
(decrease)
/increase
US cents

Expected
(decrease)
/increase
%

Earnings per N share (1)

357

(103-77)

(28.9%-21.6%)

Headline earnings***per N share (1)

27

103-107

381.4%-396.3%

Core headline earnings**** per N share (1)

99

90-97

90.9%-97.9%

Total operations

Restated
31 March 2023
US cents

31 March 2024
expected
(decrease)
/increase
US cents

Expected
(decrease)
/increase
%

Earnings per N share (1)

368

(114-88)

(30.9%-23.9%)

Headline earnings***per N share (1)

23

107-111

465.2%-482.6%

Core headline earnings**** per N share (1)

91

98-105

107.7%-115.4%

The Group has restated the 31 March 2023 published information following OLX Autos classification as Discontinued operations and the removal of the Group’s cross-holding structure.

We have made meaningful progress in exiting our OLX Autos businesses. All of our OLX Autos operations that have been disposed of, classified as held for sale or closed down by 31 March 2024 are presented as discontinued operations. Prior period published earnings have been adjusted as follows:

31 March 2023

Published US$’m

Restated US$’m

Earnings from Total operations

10 112

10 112

Earnings from Continuing operations

9 575

9 809

Earnings from Discontinuing operations

537

303

The successful removal of the cross-holding between Naspers and Prosus was concluded in September 2023. The previous year’s earnings per share have been restated to reflect the capitalisation issue and removal of the cross holding and gives a like-for-like comparison to the financial year 2024 earnings per share. The financial year 2023 earnings per share is lower than in the past due to the additional shares issued to remove the cross holding. Prosus shareholders now own more shares than prior to the removal of the cross holding.

Below is a representation of the impact of the removal of the Group's cross-holding structure on the number of shares utilised in the determination of the earnings per share.

Period

Published
WANOS
*

Capitalisation issue and
removal
of cross holding structure

Restated
WANOS
*

31 March 2023

1 357 367 416

1 392 906 871**

2 750 274 287

* Weighted average number of shares in issue
** The group issued 808 533 377 ordinary shares N and reinstated 584 373 494 ordinary shares N

Consequent to the capitalisation issue, and the classification of OLX Autos to discontinued operations, the per share information from continuing and total operations for 31 March 2023 has been restated as follows:

31 March 2023 – Continuing operations

Published US cents

Restated US cents

Earnings per N share

705

357

Headline earnings per N share

46

27

Core headline earnings per N share

185

99

31 March 2023 – Total operations

Published US cents

Restated US cents

Earnings per N share

745

368

Headline earnings per N share

46

22

Core headline earnings per N share

184

91

More details will be published with the financial statements on Monday, 24 June 2024.

Financial information on which this trading statement is based has not been subject to an independent audit or review by the Group’s auditors.

Definitions

*** Headline earnings represents net profit for the year attributable to the Group's equity holders, excluding certain defined separately identifiable remeasurements relating to, amongst others, impairments of tangible assets, intangible assets (including goodwill) and equity-accounted investments, gains and losses on acquisitions and disposals of investments as well as assets, dilution gains and losses on equity-accounted investments, remeasurement gains and losses on disposal groups classified as held for sale and remeasurements included in equity-accounted earnings, net of related taxes (both current and deferred) and the related non-controlling interests. These remeasurements are determined in accordance with Circular 1/2023, headline earnings, as issued by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, at the request of the JSE Limited in relation to the calculation of headline earnings and disclosure of a detailed reconciliation of headline earnings to the earnings numbers used in the calculation of basic earnings per share in accordance with the requirements of IAS 33 – Earnings per Share, under the JSE Listings Requirements.
**** 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 and (vii) the amortisation of intangible assets recognised in business combinations and acquisitions. 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 N ordinary shares in issue during the respective periods. The A ordinary shareholders and B ordinary shareholders share 1/5th and 1/1 000 000th respectively of the earnings attributable to the external N shareholders as at 31 March 2024. The earnings will be expected to increase in the same ratio as N ordinary shareholders.

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