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Poundland Owner Pepco Group Considers London Or Warsaw Listing

Published on Apr 1 2021 8:59 AM in Retail tagged: Poundland / Dealz / Pepco Group

Poundland Owner Pepco Group Considers London Or Warsaw Listing

Pepco Group, which runs discount retailers Poundland and Dealz, is considering a public listing of its shares in either London or Polish capital Warsaw, it said in a statement.

Pepco is part of South African conglomerate Steinhoff, which is still battling the fallout of a 2017 accounting scandal.

Since 2019 Steinhoff and its creditors have been evaluating a range of strategic options for Pepco Group, including a potential public listing, private equity sale or trade sale.

That process was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Steinhoff said in January it had resumed.

'No Definitive Decision'

"We are engaged in considering those (strategic) options in more detail, including a potential public listing of Pepco Group in either London or Warsaw, although no definitive decision has been taken with respect to any specific course of action," the group said on Wednesday.

In January, Pepco Group, whose CEO is former Asda boss Andy Bond, said it planned to open hundreds of stores across Europe this year despite its sales being dented by the pandemic.

The company, which does not trade online, ended 2020 with 3,218 stores. In 2021 it plans to open over 200 more PEPCO stores, over 50 more Dealz stores and over 20 Poundland stores.

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Poundland listed on the London stock exchange in 2014. Two years later Steinhoff bought it for £610 million.

In February, Pepco Group said that it is targeting 400 store openings across Europe in its 2020-21 financial year as it expands beyond central and eastern Europe.

The group opened a net 327 new stores in its 2019-20 year, taking the total to 3,021 in 15 countries.

News by Reuters, additional reporting by ESM. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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