Jumia sinks into $139.3m loss

Tuesday April 17 2018

Jumia Kenya Managing Director Sam Chappatte.

Jumia Kenya Managing Director Sam Chappatte. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION 

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E-commerce company Jumia has sunk deeper in the red, posting a Ksh14.9 billion ($148.2million) loss before tax and other costs in the year ended December compared to Ksh11.3 billion ($112.4 million) a year earlier.

The loss does not give an indication of the company’s bottom-line as it excludes most of the standard business expenses including finance costs, depreciation and stock-based compensation.

The company, which operates in 23 African countries including Kenya, blamed the loss on increased investment in the business.

Jumia’s sales grew 41.8 per cent to Ksh62.95 billion on the back of higher customer numbers.

Its total number of orders grew 63.3 per cent to 8.3 million while the customer base increased 46.7 per cent to 2.2 million users.

The company increased its capital expenditure 46.67 per cent to Ksh273.2 million ($2.7 million) in the review period, up from Ksh186.2 million ($1.9 million) the year before.

“Jumia reached the threshold of 550 million visits across Africa in 2017. Other figures