DGAP-News: Rocket Internet SE / Key word(s): Disposal/Investment

28.06.2017 / 11:27
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Rocket Internet to sell its remaining 8.8% stake in Lazada to Alibaba

- Rocket Internet intends to sell its remaining 8.8% stake in Lazada to Alibaba for USD 276 million

- Lazada valued at USD 3.15 billion

Berlin, June 28, 2017 - Rocket Internet SE ("Rocket Internet") has announced today it intends to sell its remaining 8.8% stake (fully-diluted) in Lazada Group S.A. ("Lazada") to Alibaba Group Holding Limited ("Alibaba") for USD 276 million, equating to an implied USD 3.15 billion valuation of Lazada.

The transaction is the result of the exercise of the put-call agreement entered into in conjunction with Rocket Internet's sale of a 9.1% stake in Lazada to Alibaba in April 2016 for USD 137 million.

Rocket Internet expects to realize an overall 20x money multiple on its invested capital of
EUR 18 million.

"Lazada has been a great success for us and is testament to our ability to support companies in Emerging Markets. Since the launch of the company in 2012 in Southeast Asia, Lazada has become the leading eCommerce player in the region" said Oliver Samwer, CEO Rocket Internet. "This is only the beginning for Lazada. We wish the management team continued success in outgrowing competition by innovating and addressing the complexities of the six distinct markets Lazada is operating in."

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About Rocket Internet

Rocket Internet incubates and invests in Internet companies with proven business models. It provides operational support to its companies and helps them scale internationally. Rocket Internet focuses predominantly on four industry sectors of online and mobile retail and services that make up a significant share of consumer spending: Food & Groceries, Fashion, General Merchandise and Home & Living. Rocket Internet's selected companies are active in a large number of countries around the world with more than 28,000 employees. Rocket Internet SE is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN DE000A12UKK6, RKET). For further information please visit

About Lazada Group

Lazada is the number one online shopping & selling destination in Southeast Asia - present in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Lazada helps more than 100,000 local and international sellers as well as 2,500 brands serve the 560 million consumers in the region through its marketplace platform, supported by a wide range of tailored marketing, data, and service solutions. Lazada offers an excellent customer experience through a wide network of logistics partners and its own first and last mile delivery arm.

Disclaimer / Important Note

Despite not having control over the key portfolio companies mentioned above, the aggregate financial information is shown on a 100% basis (i.e. 100% of revenues and EBITDA). The actual legal and economic interest of the Rocket Internet group in the network companies shown above is far lower than 100%. Please refer to Rocket Internet SE's consolidated financial statements for additional information on the group's consolidation policies and its segment information.

This document contains forward-looking statements. These statements are based on the current views, expectations and assumptions of the management of Rocket Internet SE and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Actual results, performance or events may differ materially from those described in such statements due to, among other things, changes in the general economic and competitive environment, risks associated with capital markets, currency exchange rate fluctuations and competition from other companies, changes in international and national laws and regulations, in particular with respect to tax laws and regulations, and other factors. Rocket Internet does not assume any obligations to update any forward-looking statements.

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