Naspers’ Novus set for Johannesburg listing

Published: February 18, 2015

South African printing company reveals plans for March stock exchange launch.

Novus, a printing and manufacturing company owned by South African media group Naspers, plans to join the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Investec Bank is acting for Novus.

The company, in which Naspers subsidiary Media24 will remain the majority owner, will list via a private placement of shares on the exchange.

Novus runs 11 printing plants and one tissue plant in South Africa. In its most recent financial year, to April 2014, it reported revenues of ZAR3.9bn (US$333mn) and an operating profit of ZAR649mn (US$55mn).

In an announcement on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges, where Naspers is listed, Naspers said: “With an ever growing percentage of Novus's work now coming from third parties, and Novus’s continued diversification of its revenue streams, it is appropriate to list Novus on the JSE.”

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (pictured) saw 23 listings last year compared to 13 in 2013.