Jumia Shares Surge 76% on Friday

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  • Jumia Shares Surge 76% on Friday

Africa’s largest e-commerce company, Jumia Technologies, rose more than 75.59 percent on Friday to $25.46.

The Pan-African company listed 17.6 percent of the company on the New York Stock Exchange at $14.50 a share under ticker symbol JMIA.

Jumia became the first African start-up to be listed on Wall Street and worth over $1 billion.

Jumia, ‘Africa’s Amazon’, has 4 million customers on a continent where just 1% of retail sales are via online.

The company said on Friday that the flotation on the New York Stock Exchange would raise $196m (£150m) for shareholders and for future investment. Jumia’s financial advisers had been pitching the shares to investors at between $13-$16 each.

Jumia operates in 14 countries, including Kenya, Ghana, Algeria, Angola, and Senegal. The website sells everything from electronics to clothes, and there is a hotel and flight booking site, and a takeaway food delivery platform. In Kenya, Jumia has teamed up with French supermarket giant Carrefour to offer online deliveries.

The company’s sales jumped by almost 40% last year to $147.3m.

The BBC’s Africa Business Editor, Larry Madowo, said that Jumia was not yet profitable and had accumulated losses of nearly $1bn since it was founded.

Although there are technical and infrastructure hurdles to growing Africa’s online retail market, he said a big selling point was that Jumia accepted mobile money payments across a continent where few people have credit or debit cards.

However, he said Jumia faced tougher competition. “Its initial public offering coincides with the launch of a competing app from global logistics provider DHL allowing consumers in 11 African countries to buy directly from global retailers.

“The DHL Africa eShop brings together more than 200 American and British retailers and will deliver directly to homes, something Jumia has struggled with.”

Erik Hersman, chief executive of Nairobi-based internet and software firm BRCK, said Jumia’s listing sent an important signal to other African start-ups that a major stock market listing was possible.

“It’s an important event in the evolution of the African tech scene,” he told the BBC last month.

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Samed Olukoya
CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade long experience in the global financial market. Contact Samed on Twitter: @sameolukoya

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