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Leading Food Retailer Carrefour Group sells Carrefour China to Suning.com

Leading Food Retailer Carrefour Group sells Carrefour China to Suning.com

With a presence in China dating back to 1995, Carrefour China operates a network of 210 hypermarkets and 24 convenience stores.

June 24, 2019
On of the largest food retailers in the world, the Carrefour Group, announced today the signing of an agreement to sell an 80% equity interest in Carrefour China to Chinese Group Suning.com.

The transaction, which will be paid in cash, values Carrefour China at an enterprise value of €1.4 billion.

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Carrefour China Key Financials

With a presence in China dating back to 1995, Carrefour China operates a network of 210 hypermarkets and 24 convenience stores. In 2018, it generated net sales of €3.6 billion (RMB 28.5 billion) and EBITDA of €66 million (RMB 516 million).

Suning.com is a leading retailer in China. It operates a network of over 8,881 stores in more than 700 cities and runs the country’s 3rd largest B2C e-commerce platform. The strong complementarity between Carrefour China and Suning.com’s activities will accelerate the development of Carrefour China.

Suning.com

Suning.com is a leading online-to-offline (O2O) smart retail company in China.

In the era of Internet, Internet of Things and Big Data, Suning continues to promote smart retail and O2O strategies, whole-category and omni-channel operations, and global expansion.

By launching logistics services, dataservices and financial services via the cloud, and through the use of different consumer-facing channels (POS, PCs, mobile devices and household terminals), Suning has proudly delivered a ubiquitous onestop service experience to its consumers.

In 2018, Suning.com was listed on Fortune 500 again and was ranked 13th on China’s most valuable brands.
Carrefour Group will retain a 20% stake in the business and two seats out of seven on Carrefour China’s Supervisory Board.

Closing of the transaction is subject to approval by Chinese competition authorities and other customary conditions, and is expected by the end of 2019.
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Carrefour is one of the world's largest retailers. By December 31, Carrefour was operating 12.296 stores in more than 30 countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Suning.com Co., Ltd. formerly Suning Commerce Group Co., Ltd. is one of the largest non-government online retailers in China, that also moved into physical shops. Suning.com ranks among top three Chinese B2C companies.
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