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Kretinsky-Led Consortium Set To Own 53.7% Of Casino's Capital

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Kretinsky-Led Consortium Set To Own 53.7% Of Casino's Capital

A consortium led by Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky will own and control 53.7% of French retailer Casino's share capital once a restructuring plan is completed, the retailer has said in a statement.

Current shareholders will be massively diluted to around 0.3% of the share capital, it added.

Restructuring Plan

The statement also cited a report by independent expert Sorgem Evaluation that found the restructuring plan was fair to current shareholders.

Casino said that – according to Sorgem's report – without implementation of the restructuring plan, the group's enterprise value of €3.71 billion (as implicit in the subscription price of the capital increase reserved for the consortium), is well below its net debt of €7.88 billion.

Under these conditions, the economic value per 100 shares is zero. After implementation of the plan, the value of these 100 shares would be around €5, which Casino said represented a value "very close to" the subscription price of the capital increase reserved for the consortium.

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'On completion of the restructuring plan, the consortium would own and control 53.7% of Casino's share capital, while current shareholders would be massively diluted, holding around  0.3% of the share capital on completion of the restructuring,' Casino's statement read.

Sale To Les Mousquetaires And Auchan Retail

As part of its restructuring, Casino said on December 18 it had entered into exclusive talks to sell all of its big stores to Les Mousquetaires and Auchan Retail.

Casino, which has warned of likely losses for 2023 for its core French business, is racing to finalise a bailout to avoid bankruptcy early this year.

Read More: What’s On The Menu For Casino In 2024? Analysis

Additional reporting by ESM

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