I have some huge news to share with you today…
For years, I have told my readers two things:
- Little-known Tencent (TCEHY) will be the world’s largest company someday.
- Little-known Naspers (NPSNY) is the best way to play it.
Now, both of these stories are taking a giant step forward. And it means the value of these companies can finally soar to its true potential.
Tencent, in short, is China’s most important company. It “owns” your screen time in China…
Whether you are messaging with friends on its WeChat app, watching the NBA, playing online video games, or paying for stuff, Tencent is number one – and there is no number two.
As Tencent moves toward monetizing WeChat, I believe it will become the world’s largest company.
Tencent is already worth more than $400 billion today, making it the world’s eighth-largest company by market value, ahead of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Walmart (WMT) in ninth and 10th place.
But who owns the biggest chunk of Tencent? If you’re new to my work, the answer might surprise you…
The largest owner of Tencent stock – by far – is a little-known South Africa-listed tech company called Naspers.
Naspers owns about $130 billion worth of Tencent stock (in addition to stakes in dozens of other tech businesses).
The thing is, Naspers has outgrown the South African stock market…
Because Naspers has gone up so much in value – largely thanks to its stake in Tencent – Naspers now makes up roughly a quarter of the value of the main South Africa stock index.
This has caused a crazy side effect: As Naspers keeps going up in price, fund managers in South Africa have to keep selling the stock so it doesn’t get too much weight in their portfolios.
Again, the fund managers in South Africa are NOT selling Naspers because it’s a bad investment, or because they don’t like Tencent. They are selling it because they don’t want to hold 25% of their portfolio in one stock.
This has created a serious distortion…
As I write, the market value of Naspers is less than $100 billion. Keep in mind, Naspers owns a stake in Tencent worth roughly $130 billion… AND it owns dozens of other “ecosystem” tech businesses, with full-service platforms that customers never want or need to leave. Clearly, Naspers’ stock is trading at a big discount.
Just yesterday, Naspers announced how it plans to solve its problem – and help make its discount go away…
- Naspers’ tech businesses, including Tencent, will leave the South Africa stock exchange. They will now trade in Europe, under a new name. (The name hasn’t been announced yet – management is calling it “NewCo” for the moment.)
- Naspers will sell off 25% of NewCo in a stock offering. Naspers will retain 75% ownership of the new company.
- NewCo will own Tencent, plus Naspers’ other ecosystem-type tech businesses. And it will instantly become Europe’s largest consumer Internet company.
In short, this move finally unlocks the value in Naspers’ tech businesses, including its stake in Tencent…
Much of the discount due to the South Africa listing can finally disappear. That means NewCo’s valuation won’t have a ceiling anymore. And Tencent is that much closer to becoming the world’s largest company.
If you followed my advice to buy into Naspers, you are in a good place… So thank you for sticking with me and buying this little-known name.
I believe NewCo shares could ultimately trade at a premium to the company’s stake in Tencent. And Naspers’ tech businesses are a perfect way to profit in my Melt Up scenario, if tech stocks soar the way I expect during the final innings of this bull market.
Source: Daily Wealth