UPDATE 2-Rocket Internet portfolio value up 77 pct from market listing
* 2014 sales rise to 104 mln euros at majority-owned firms
* "Proven winners" portfolio avg revs grew 82 pct in 2014
* 2014 net loss 20.2 mln euros vs 174.2 mln profit in 2013 (Adds acquisition details, background, shares, analyst)
By Eric Auchard
WALLDORF, Germany, May 5 (Reuters) - German e-commerce investor Rocket Internet's push into the takeaway delivery business was a big contributor to a 77 percent rise in its loan portfolio value since its initial public offering in October.
The Berlin-based tech start-up investment company, viewed as a launch pad for future stock market listings of everything from online fashion to home furnishings to food delivery, said the loan portfolio value of its top dozen investments rose by 2.0 billion euros ($2.22 billion) from 2.6 billion euros at the time of its October stock market listing.
Much of the increase in the value of what Rocket calls its "proven winners," came from investments in food delivery, such as Foodpanda, which has been on an buying spree across Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. It also includes stakes in various online fashion and general merchandise e-commerce sites.
Delivery Hero, in which Rocket holds a 39 percent stake, said earlier it had agreed to buy Turkey's largest online food takeaway company, Yemeksepeti, in a deal valued at $589 million. It also acquired Greece's top takeaway delivery company, e-Food, Rocket said, without giving financial details.
Rocket's Global Takeaway Delivery holding group has operations in 71 countries and generates 1 billion euros in gross merchandise volume, the company's chief executive said. Continuación...