Groupe Casino has completed the sale of its 34.05% direct stake in Colombian subsidiary Éxito Group.
The initiative is part of tender offers launched in the United States and Colombia by the Calleja Group for the share capital of Almacenes Éxito S.A.
As part of this transaction, Groupe Casino received gross proceeds of US$400 million (€367.9 million) and GPA received US$156 million (€143.5 million).
Groupe Casino and GPA no longer own any equity interest in Éxito Group following this transaction, the company added.
French Large-Format Store Disposal
Earlier this week, the French retailer reached agreements with Auchan Retail and Intermarché parent company Groupement Les Mousquetaires on the sale of ‘almost all’ of its hypermarkets and supermarkets.
Casino added that these agreements provide for the sale of 288 stores (and the service stations attached to these stores), based on an enterprise value of between €1.3 billion and €1.35 billion ($1.42 billion to $1.47 billion).
Thierry Cotillard, president of Groupement Les Mousquetaires, and Yves Claude, chairperson and CEO of Auchan Retail, stated, “This operation marks a strategic shift in the distribution sector in France and for our companies.
“The relaunch of stores will make it possible to offer consumers modernised points of sale with quality products at more attractive prices, an action reinforced by the purchasing alliance currently being formed between our two companies.”