Delivery Hero, the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace, has announced that Naspers increased its stake in Delivery Hero from 10.6 percent to 23.6 percent by acquiring 22,359,857 shares that were previously held by Rocket Internet for an amount of $775M.

Naspers is one of the largest internet investors in the world, holding minority stakes in digital players such as Tencent, Mail.Ru or Flipkart.

Niklas Östberg, CEO of Delivery Hero, said, “We know the Naspers management team for a couple of years and built very close and trustful relationships. They came in as a long-term shareholder, committed to Delivery Hero, committed to the vision and values of our company and management team. We are excited about their willingness to increase their stake as they have seen our business develop.”

Bob van Dijk, CEO of Naspers, said, “Delivery Hero is already the leading online food ordering and delivery marketplace in most of the countries in which it operates and our increased investment demonstrates our confidence in the long-term prospects for the company. The food delivery sector is still underpenetrated and growing rapidly across the world. Many markets have experienced significant traction already, but we believe the potential is far greater in high-growth markets than that observed in the West.”

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval, will be funded from existing resources, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018.

Delivery Hero is the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace with number one market positions in terms of restaurants, active users and orders in more countries than any of its competitors and online and mobile platforms across 40+ countries in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Delivery Hero also operates its own delivery service primarily in 60+ high-density urban areas around the world. The Company is headquartered in Berlin and has over 6,000 employees in addition to thousands of employed delivery drivers.

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