Brazil's GPA Posts Steeper Net Loss In First Quarter As Taxes, Impairment Weigh

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Brazil's GPA Posts Steeper Net Loss In First Quarter As Taxes, Impairment Weigh

Brazilian food retailer GPA said its first-quarter net loss for continuing operations widened by nearly 28% from a year-ago period, weighed down by tax effects and an impairment related to a real estate sale.

The company reported a net loss for continuing operations of 407 million reais (€74.6 million) in the quarter.

GPA said the losses deepened on expenses related to a tax renegotiation programme it had joined, an impairment from the sale of its headquarters and lower tax gains.

Excluding those effects, GPA's net loss for the quarter would have been 197 million reais (€36.1 million).

On the operational front, its gross revenue grew 8.2% to 4.87 billion reais (€890 million).


Core earnings, or adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) jumped 41% to 372 million reais (€68.2 million), with the EBITDA margin increasing from 6.3% to 8.1% year-on-year.

Asset Sales

GPA has been selling assets during the last quarter to cut debt, while also restructuring its business, turning its focus to higher-income clients.

It also raised $142 million with a share offer in March.

Net debt including credit card receivables ended the quarter at 1.6 billion reais (€290 million), falling from 3 billion (€550 million) a year earlier, while financial leverage dropped to 3 times from 9.8 times.


CFO Rafael Russowsky told Reuters better debt figures also came in, apart from asset sales and better capital structure, after a "very significant" operational improvement.

"These figures ... bring us closer and closer to really ending this 'turnaround' phase in the company to live a new moment, looking at growth", Russowsky said.

He did not give a target for financial leverage in the year-end, but said for a business such as GPA, he sees something close to 1 times to 1.5 times as "reasonable".

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