Technology investor Prosus NV has opted to sell off its huge stake in China’s tech and entertainment giant Tencent.

Prosus will use proceeds from the sale to fund a stock buyback in itself and parent Naspers.

The Dutch firm’s decision knocked down shares in the Chinese tech giant, Tencent.

The move is aimed at closing a gap between the market value of Prosus/Naspers and that of the 28.9% stake in Tencent they own, which is currently worth about $136 billion.

Prosus itself is currently worth less than that stake at some 109.8 billion euros ($116.2 billion).

Prosus shares, which are down 27% in the year to date, jumped 10% on the news to 58.36 euros in Amsterdam.

Shares in Naspers in Johannesburg were up 13% while shares in Tencent were down 1.5% in Hong Kong.

The share sale plan came as a surprise as Prosus had agreed not to sell further Tencent shares after selling a 2% stake worth $15 billion in 2021.

Tencent said it supports the move and expects the impact of the share sale to be “limited”.

Separately, Prosus said it had sold a $3.67 billion stake in

The current discount of Prosus to the value of assets it owns is 54% and at Naspers 65%, according to company-provided figures.

Prosus is in talks to sell its stake in Russia’s Avito, which had been valued at $6 billion before the Ukraine war.

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