Carrefour agrees to divest its China business to Suning
One of the world’s biggest food retailers, the French group is in the middle of a major reorganisation, with the deal valuing its Chinese operations at 1.4 billion euros ($1.6 billion), the company said in a statement.
“The purchase price for the acquisition of 80 percent of Carrefour China shares is 4.8 billion renminbi, or 620 million euros,” it said, indicating the deal was expected to be completed by the year’s end.
The implied enterprise value of 1.4 billion euros includes debt and minority interests.Carrefour Group will retain a 20-percent stake in the business and two of the seven seats on Carrefour China’s supervisory board, although it includes a clause which provides “several liquidity windows” for it to sell that stake.
Present in China since 1995, Carrefour operates a network of 210 hypermarkets and 24 convenience stores, and last year posted sales of 3.6 billion euros, down almost 10 percent on the figure for 2017.