Naspers’ Tencent Stake Drives the MSCI South Africa Index’s Returns (KraneShares)

A recent article from KraneShares, see our summary Is Your Emerging Market Strategy Overexposed to These 3 Factors? (KraneShares), outlined three factors which, according to their thesis, should mean a poor performance for emerging markets like South Africa and specifically the MSCI South Africa Index along with the iShares MSCI South Africa Index ETF (NYSEARCA: EZA) which tracks the index. However, the South Africa index / ETF has actually performed better than many other emerging market countries over the past five years and has even outperformed the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF (NYSEARCA: EEM):

KraneShares explained this outperformance can be attributed to Naspers Limited (JSE: NPN; OTCMKTS: NPSNY), a giant South African media conglomerate that is the largest listed company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Naspers happens to hold a 34% stake in China based and Hong Kong Listed Tencent Holdings Ltd (OTCMKTS: TCEHY; OTCMKTS: TCTZF), one of the largest Internet companies in the world. KraneShares noted:

From April 30, 2010 to April 30, 2015, Naspers returned 307% driven by the strong performance of Tencent’s stock on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Over this time period Naspers contributed 20% of the MSCI South Africa Index’s 43% return. South Africa is an exception to our thesis because nearly half of its return was actually driven by Tencent– a company that trades 6,600 miles away in Hong Kong.

Here is a look at Naspers Limited’s performance verses that of the iShares MSCI South Africa Index ETF and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF:

In fact, Naspers Limited has even outperformed Tencent Holdings Ltd (HKG: 0700):

In other words and before you select a country or country ETF that appears to be an outperformer, its important to take a much closer look at what might actually be driving that outperformance.

To read the whole article, Is Your Current Emerging Market Strategy Overexposed to These 3 Factors?, go to the website of KraneShares. In addition, check out our South Africa ADR list and our South Africa ETF list.

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