Press - 2013

20 December 2013

Monoprix strengthens its capital base: issuance of €500M of mandatory convertible bonds

Monoprix has decided to issue €500m of mandatory convertible bonds. This operation strengthens its capital base and brings long-term resources to finance its development.

The 3-year mandatory convertible bonds will be fully subscribed by Crédit Agricole CIB and will pay a coupon of 6-month Euribor + 5.1%.

Casino has a call option on the mandatory convertible bonds exercisable in part or in full within a period starting in June 2014 and ending in October 2016.

At maturity, the bonds will be reimbursed by newly issued shares of Monoprix, accounting for 21.2% of its capital. These preferred shares will pay an increased dividend. The documentation includes usual protection rights during the life of the bonds and after their reimbursement in shares.

This operation also strengthens the Group’s financial structure.

The closing of the transaction is expected on 27th December.

ANALYST AND INVESTOR CONTACTS 
Régine GAGGIOLI – Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
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or

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28 October 2013

Casino enters into strategic partnership with Groupe Les coopérateurs de Normandie-Picardie

Casino Group has signed an agreement with Mutant Distribution, a subsidiary of Groupe Les Coopérateurs de Normandie-Picardie, concerning the acquisition by Leader Price of 47 Le Mutant discount stores located mainly in southwestern France, and the setup of a partnership with Leader Price through a brand licensing and supply contract covering around 90 similar stores in the Normandy and Picardy area.The stores are currently run under the discount format banner “Le Mutant”.

Those agreements are expected to take effect in the first quarter of 2014.They allow expanding Leader Price’s integrated network in the strategic southwest region and strengthening the attractiveness and presence of the Leader Price banner in Normandy and Picardy through the partnership with affiliates.The 47 stores targeted by the acquisition represented combined revenue of more than €100 million (incl. VAT) in 2012, with strong growth potential, while the future affiliate stores represented over €200 million in revenue (excl. VAT).

The partnership and new acquisition will continue to strengthen Casino’s presence in France’s discount segment, following its acquisition of 38 Norma stores in southeastern France on 31 July 2013.

The acquisition will be subject to the approval of France’s Competition Authority.

 

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rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fr
or
+33 (0)1 53 65 64 18
IR_Casino@groupe-casino.fr

GROUP EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
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Mob: +33 (0)6 08 54 28 75
abouster@groupe-casino.fr

18 October 2013

Successful perpetual hybrid bond issue of €750 million

Casino successfully launched an hybrid bond issue of 750 million euros.

The Notes have a perpetual maturity, with a first call date on January 31st, 2019 and will pay a coupon of 4.87% until this date, with a reset every 5 years thereafter.

The Notes will rank junior to all senior debt and will be recorded as equity (and coupons will be recorded as dividends)pursuant to IFRS. They will also receive an “intermediate” equity content from S&P and Fitch (50% of the Notes will be treated as equity).

The transaction has been very well received by a diversified investor base and benefited from a significant oversubscription.

The issue diversifies the sources of funding of the Group and further strengthens its capital structure.

Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan acted as Global Coordinators; Barclays, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, RBS, SGCIB and UBS investment bank acted as Joint Bookrunners.

 

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Régine GAGGIOLI
– Tél : +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fr

or

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14 October 2013

Third-quarter 2013 sales

Q3 2013 sales: Strong growth in Brazil and Recovery of Géant Hypermarkets

  • Total Group sales:
    • Acceleration in organic growth* excluding petrol at+6.6%
    • Sales of €11.8 billion, stable given foreign-exchange effects
  • Internationally, sustained organic growth excluding petrol at +12.4%,notably driven by excellent performances in Brazil
  • In France, over the third quarter:
    • Géant’s traffic and food** volumes have turned positive again(+1.3% and +1.5% respectively)
    • All French banners were in sequential improvement
  • Over the 9 months 2013, Group sales totalled €35.5 billion, up +22.1%

 

Evolution of the Group’s consolidated net sales in the 3rd quarter of 2013

In the third quarter of 2013, the Group’s consolidated sales remained stable at €11,777m compared to the third quarter of 2012. Changes in scope, particularly the full consolidation of Monoprix, had an impact of +3.8%, while foreign exchange rates had an impact of -9.9%. Average calendar effect was +0.7% in France and -0.1% internationally.
Over the 9 months 2013, the Group’s consolidated sales totalled €35.5 billion, up +22.1%.

*organic growth is growth at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates

** FMCG

 

Q3 2013 SALES

In France, activity was marked by improved traffic and food volumes at Géant, where they both became positive again

In France, organic growth excluding petrol was in line with previous quarters at -2.9% during Q3 2013. Total sales were €5,043 million, growing by +8.1%.

  • Géant and Casino Supermarkets sales improved markedly compared to Q2. Géant’s traffic and food volumes were positive (+1.3% and +1.5% respectively). In Casino supermarkets, traffic also became positive again (+0.6%).
  • All French banners posted higher sales compared to the second quarter.
  • Cdiscount’s growth, which was higher than the market average, remained satisfactory with business volume up by +14.3% thanks to the marketplace and net sales growth.

Internationally, organic growth in all Group markets was very strong (+12.5% excluding petrol and calendar effect) and accelerating compared to previous quarters

International subsidiaries posted another quarter of strong organic growth at +12.5% excluding petrol and calendar effect. Organic growth was particularly strong in Brazil, due to the combined effects of strong same-store sales and rapid expansion. When translated in euros, international sales were €6,734 million (-5.2%) given unfavourable foreign-exchange effects.

  • Latin America posted strong organic growth of +13.5% excluding petrol and calendar effect, up compared to Q2 2013 (+10.3%), driven by strong performance of stores in Brazil and the dynamic expansion of cash-and-carry in Brazil and discount formats in Colombia.
  • Organic growth in Asia, excluding petrol and calendar effect, was very robust at +8.5%, due to rapid expansion in Thailand and Vietnam.

 

FRANCE: SALES ANALYSIS – Q3 2013

Sales in France came to €5,043 million in the third quarter of 2013, up +8.1%

 

* Excluding petrol and calendar effect

  • Casino France

Although price cuts had greater impact in Q3 2013 than in Q2 2013, Géant and Casino supermarkets sales rose significantly over the third quarter.
Géant Casino same-store salesimproved markedly in Q3 2013 compared to Q2 2013 (-4.7% versus -7.8% excluding calendar effect). During the quarter, its traffic and food volumes (FMCG) were positive (+1.3% and +1.5% respectively). This trend was confirmed as traffic rose by +2.4% and food volumes by +7.7% over a four-week period ending on 14 October.
Casino supermarkets same-store sales also improved in Q3 2013 compared to Q2 (-5.5% versus -6.3% excluding calendar effect). Over the quarter, traffic was positive (+0.6%) This trend was also confirmed as traffic and food volumes were both positive (+0.4% and +1% respectively) over a four-week period ending on 14 October.
Proximity sales almost stabilised, declining by -0.8% on an organic basis excluding calendar effect, versus -3.3% in Q2 2013.
Cdiscount business volume continued to grow significantly by +14.3% in Q3 2013, driven by the marketplace, which now accounts for 14% of business volume, and by net sales, which rose by +7.1%, remaining above the market average.
The marketplace now has 4.5 million offers available.
Cdiscount relies on a network of 14,000 pick-up points.
13% of site sales were made via smartphones or tablets at the end of Q3 2013.

  • Franprix – Leader Price

Total Franprix-Leader Price sales posted an increase of +2.3% thanks to the continued expansion of the network with the consolidation of Norma stores and master franchises.
Leader Price same-store sales excluding calendar effect declined by -2.6%, in sequential acceleration compared to Q2 2013 (-3.4%).
Over the quarter, Franprix same-store sales fell by -1.8% excluding calendar effect (versus -2% in Q2 2013).

  • Monoprix

Sales at Monoprix rose +1.6% on an organic basis excluding petrol and calendar effect in Q3. Food sales were well-oriented, while the performance of the banner’s smaller formats (Monop’, Naturalia and Beauty) was particularly satisfying. Expansion was dynamic with the opening of 9 stores during the quarter.

 

INTERNATIONAL: SALES ANALYSIS – Q3 2013

Reported sales for international operations fell by -5.2%, taking into account the impact of unfavourable foreign-exchange rates (-16.5%).
Organic growth was very robust at +12.5% excluding petrol and calendar effect, an acceleration compared to previous quarters, driven by strong performance in Latin America and Asia. This illustrates the very strong performance of the Group’s major subsidiaries.

Latin American same-store sales grew by +9.6%, excluding petrol and calendar effect, a strong increased compared to Q2 2013 (+6.7%) reflecting notably GPA’s solid performance in Brazil. Organic growth totalled +13.5% excluding petrol and calendar effect (versus +10.3% in Q2), boosted by ongoing rapid expansion.

  • GPA in Brazil

In Brazil, GPA posted same-store sales excluding petrol and calendar effect up +12%, up from Q2 2013 (+10.1%).
In the food segment, all GPA banners performed well. GPA Food same-store sales rose by +8.9%*. Assaí’s performance was particularly remarkable. Expansion was marked in Q3 2013 with the opening of 12 Minimercado, 2 Assaí and 1 Pão de Açúcar stores.
In the non-food segment, Viavarejo same-store sales continued to grow very strongly at +15.4%. E-commerce performed extremely well, driven by the successful sales strategy of Nova’s websites. Three Ponto Frio and two Casas Bahia opened over the quarter.

*as a reminder, GPA releases gross sales

  • Grupo Exito

Against a backdrop of softening consumption, Exito’s organic growth continued in the 3rd quarter due notably to the expansion in Colombia and overall solid performance in Uruguay. Surtimax’s market share rose during the quarter thanks to the expansion on this discount format. Exito also increased the share of its activities that complement its retail business – particularly commercial real estate.
Exito’s Q3 earnings will be released on 24 October 2013.

In Asia, same-store growth excluding calendar effect totalled +0.6%. Organic sales growth excluding calendar effect maintained a high level of +8.5%.

  • Big C Thailand

Big C posted organic sales growth excluding calendar effect of +6.9%, despite a backdrop of softening consumption.

  • Big C Vietnam

Big C Vietnam’s organic growth continued, due in particular to the opening of a hypermarket and shopping mall, bringing the total number of hypermarkets to 25.

 

ANALYST AND INVESTOR CONTACTS
Régine GAGGIOLI – Tel:+33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fr
or
+33 (0)1 53 65 64 18
IR_Casino@groupe-casino.fr

GROUP EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
PRESS CONTACT
Aziza BOUSTER
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 24 78
Mob: +33 (0)6 08 54 28 75
abouster@groupe-casino.fr

 

 

Disclaimer

This press release was prepared solely for informational purposes and should not be construed as a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell any securities or related financial instruments. Similarly, it does not and should not be treated as giving investment advice. It has no connection with the specific investment objectives, financial situation or needs of any receiver. No representation or warranty, either express or implied, is provided in relation to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information contained herein. It should not be regarded by recipients as a substitute for the exercise of their own judgement. All opinions expressed herein are subject to change without notice.

 

Appendices

Main changes in the scope of consolidation

  • Full consolidation of Monoprix since 5 April 2013
  • Deconsolidation of Mercialys on 21 June 2013, the date of the Annual General Meeting during which Casino’s loss of control was noted. As of this date, results have been accounted for using the equity method.
  • Full consolidation of DSO and CAFIGE into Franprix-Leader Price from 1 February 2013
  • Full consolidation of PFD (FABRE) into Franprix – Leader Price from 31 December 2012
  • Full consolidation of HDRIV (RIVIERE) into Franprix – Leader Price from 1 December 2012
  • Full consolidation of NORMA into Franprix – Leader Price from 31 July 2013
  • Full consolidation of GUERIN into Franprix – Leader Price from 30 June 2013
  • Full consolidation of Monshowroom from 2 September 2013

 

 

 

 

 

9 October 2013

Jean-Charles Naouri is elected GPA’s Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Jean-Charles Naouri was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of GPA, in an Extraordinary General Meeting of GPA held on October 9th, 2013.

The Board of Directors of GPA is composed of twelve (12) members, with Mr. Jean-Charles Naouri as Chairman.

 

Analyst and Investor Contacts
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rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fr
+ 33 1 53 65 64 17

or

IR_Casino@groupe-casino.fr
+ 33 1 53 65 64 18

 

23 September 2013

Jean-Charles Naouri will be Chairman of the Board of Directors of GPA

An Extraordinary General Meeting of GPA will be called for October 9th, 2013 in order to elect Mr. Jean-Charles Naouri as Chairman of the Board of Directors of GPA.

M. Jean- Charles Naouri: “I want to express my renewed confidence in the management team of GPA led by Eneas Pestana. I know that I can rely on their commitment to build on the achievements made to date and take up the challenges to come.”

In addition, Casino Group proposed today the creation of another position of Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of GPA, to which Casino Group intends to appoint Mr. Ronaldo Iabrudi, already a member of the Board of Directors of GPA and the director and representative of Casino Group in Brazil.

Once the abovementioned proposals are implemented, the Board of Directors of GPA will be composed of twelve (12) members, with Mr. Jean-Charles Naouri as Chairman and Mr. Arnaud Strasser and Mr. Ronaldo Iabrudi as Co-Vice-Chairmen.

 

 

ANALYST AND INVESTOR CONTACTS
Régine GAGGIOLI – Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fr

or

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6 September 2013

Agreement between Casino and Mr. Abilio Diniz

In the spirit of mutual respect, M. Abilio Diniz, Chairman of Grupo Pão de Açúcar,
and Jean-Charles Naouri, Chairman of Groupe Casino, have agreed to settle their
differences and to bring their partnership to a mutually beneficial conclusion so that
each leader is free to move on to realize new opportunities.

This is an important moment in Brazilian commercial history since it has now been
exactly 65 years – September 7th, 1948 – since the Diniz family founded the Grupo
Pão de Açúcar, the largest retailer in Brazil.

Abilio Diniz wishes much success to Mr. Naouri and to Groupe Casino. He expresses his fervent hope that the Grupo Pão de Açúcar will continue to grow through its people, its culture and its values, contributing to the development of the country.

Jean-Charles Naouri expresses his gratitude for all the many contributions of Mr. Diniz and his family and wishes him much success in his future endeavors. Mr. Naouri looks forward to keep growing GPA for the benefit of its customers, employees, shareholders and the Brazilian society.

 

ANALYST AND INVESTOR CONTACTS
Régine GAGGIOLI – Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fr
or
+33 (0)1 53 65 64 18
IR_Casino@groupe-casino.frGROUP EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
PRESS CONTACTS

Aziza BOUSTER
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 24 78
Mob: +33 (0)6 08 54 28 75
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Grégoire LUCAS
Tel: +33 (0)6 71 60 02 02
glucas@image7.fr
31 July 2013

Casino Group finalizes the acquisition of 38 convenience stores from the Norma Group

Further to the approval of the French Competition Authority, Casino Group finalized the acquisition of 38 convenience stores based in southeast France from the Norma Group, a German hard-discounter.

This strategic acquisition notably enables the continuation of the expansion of the Leader Price banner.

 

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Régine GAGGIOLI – Tél : +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fr
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IR_Casino@groupe-casino.frGROUP EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
PRESS CONTACTSAziza BOUSTER
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abouster@groupe-casino.fr
25 July 2013

2013 second-quarter sales and first-half results

Total Group sales stood at €12.1 billion in Q2 2013, showing buoyant growth: +40.4%

  • Internationally, organic growth* is still sustained (+9.7%) and the full consolidation of GPA has had a favourable impact.
  • In France, organic sales* declined (-3.3%), under the impact of the price investment at Casino France, coupled with a progressive increase in traffic and volumes. Growth in e-commerce was sustained

Trading profit up sharply by +51.9% in H1 2013:

  • Internationally, operations were highly profitable, especially thanks to excellent performances in Brazil
  • In France, trading profit rose slightly in relation to the integration of Monoprix

Net profit from continuing operations, Group share, totalled €594m, (vs. €125m
in H1 2012, i.e. 4.8x)

Net underlying profit, Group share, rose +8.3% to €193m

Jean-Charles Naouri, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Casino Group, stated:

“In H1 2013, the Group increased its underlying net income group share by more than 8%. It posted sustained sales growth thanks to its profile’s transformation, strengthened by the acquisition of Monoprix, to its international subsidiaries growth and, in France, to robustness of its proximity and discount banners. In H2, the Group should benefit, in France, from the robustness of Franprix-Leader Price and Monoprix, from price cuts in hypermarkets, which should enable to resume growth in traffic and volumes and internationally from continued expansion.”


First-Half 2013 results: consolidated trading profit up +51.9% and net underlying profit, Group share, up +8.3% to €193M

The Group posted sharp growth in its first-half sales, which increased by +37%. Organic sales growth, excluding petrol and the calendar effect, came out at +2.8%, driven by continued sustained levels of same-store sales and very robust international expansion. The Group’s high-growth markets account for 61% of consolidated first-half sales.

The Group’s trading profit soared +51.9% to €969 million, driven by the full consolidation of GPA and Monoprix, in addition to the excellent progress made in Latin America. The trading margin is high and benefits from the high profitability of the Group’s international operations. The Group’s high-growth markets account for 74% of consolidated first-half trading profit.

Trading profit in France totalled €254 million, up +1.2% on the first half of 2012, including the full consolidation of Monoprix as of the second quarter of 2013.
At Casino France, cost cutting plans, which are rolled-out over the year, have strongly mitigated the impact of sales decline on trading profit. Franprix-Leader Price’s trading margin is stable and improves in organic terms thanks to cost control. Monoprix’s trading margin is increasing.

International trading profit rose very sharply by +84.8% to €715 million. In organic terms, it increased +8.2%. Brazil posted an excellent progression of its operating margin, particularly at Viavarejo. Profitability in Asia remained high, especially thanks to a solid margin from retail activities, in addition to the sound contribution from commercial galleries.

Non-recurring income (other operating income and expense) was positive at €530 million. This notably includes the revaluation of Casino’s stake in Monoprix following the Group obtaining exclusive control and the impact of
the deconsolidation of Mercialys following Casino’s loss of control.

Net finance costs amounted to €309 million. Excluding the effects associated with the scope of consolidation, financial expenses are under control.
Net profit, group share came out to €594 million. Restated for non-recurring items, net underlying profit, group share, totalled €193 million, a +8.3% rise on the first half of 2012.

At 30 June 2013, Group net financial debt totalled €8,856 million; it should decrease over the second half of the year, under the effect of free cash flow seasonality, notably related to the generation of a significant resource in working capital, enabling to reach a net financial debt/EBITDA ratio below 2x.

 

 



Second quarter 2013 sales

In the second quarter of 2013, the Group’s consolidated sales rose sharply by +40.4%, under the impact of the full consolidation of GPA and Monoprix, as well as sales growth from all of the Group’s international subsidiaries. Organic growth* stood
at +3% (+1.3% including petrol and calendar effect).The effect of changes in scope was +43.8%. Foreign-exchange rates had an impact of -4.7%, while the petrol effect was ‑0.5%. Finally, the average calendar effect (detailed on page 14) was -1.6%
in France and -0.9% internationally.



In France, organic sales excluding petrol and the calendar effect were in line with Q1 2013 despite the price cuts and the consumption environment

Sales in France rose +7.8% to €4,886 million in the second quarter of 2013, related to the impact of Monoprix’s full consolidation as of Q2 2013.

*Excluding petrol and calendar effect. Organic growth is growth at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates.
**Excluding the impact of Banque Casino consolidated using the equity method in H1 2012

 

In France, second-quarter organic growth declined by -3.3% excluding petrol and the calendar effect (compared to a -3.4% drop in Q1 2013), against a backdrop where Casino continued the price-cutting policy it initiated in late 2012.

  • Casino France

Sales at Géant and Casino supermarkets were impacted by price cuts initiated in late 2012, with sequential same-store improvement (excluding petrol and the calendar effect) related to improving trends in traffic and volumes.

At Géant, same-store food sales were up sequentially excluding the calendar effect (-5.9% in Q2 2013 compared to -7.7% in Q1 2013), thanks to the impact of improved traffic. Excluding the impact of price cuts, same-store food sales ex-calendar were almost flat in the second quarter. The new price positioning is very competitive.

Casino supermarkets, where price indices are improving*, saw a progressive inflection in volumes, driven by the private label and customer traffic following the price cuts. The banner is also continuing its operational efficiency action plans aimed at increasing its appeal.

Superettes
are stepping up the roll-out of the Casino Shop and Shopping formats, notably with the successful conversion of 37 stores in Marseille and more openings in new sales outlets (train stations, airports, motorways, etc.). The banner is also confirming its leading position in supplying food to service stations, supplying more than 1,100 TOTAL stations. The new customer loyalty programme is showing good results. The goal is to roll out the loyalty card to the entire store network on 1 October. The banner continued to streamline the store network.

Business volume at Cdiscount rose substantially by +16.5%. Its own sales rose (+9.6%) and the marketplace already represents 13% of the site’s total business volume as of the end of June. Furthermore, over 10% of the site’s sales were generated via mobile devices as of the end of June.

* Independent panelist

  • Franprix – Leader Price

Franprix-Leader Price total sales posted an increase of +3.1% due to the continued expansion of the network and scope effects.

Leader Price
posted a +9.4% increase in its total sales, related to the integration of the businesses of several master franchises (81 new stores). The banner is continuing to strengthen its competitiveness and to improve the quality of its fresh product channels, as well as its price image.

Franprix
is continuing to strengthen the appeal of its product range based on an increase in the number of Leader-Price private-label products under €1 (superior to 500 products) and on partnerships with local producers.

  • Monoprix

Monoprix’s organic sales excluding petrol and the calendar effect posted a good performance, with a sequential increase compared to Q1 2013, driven by the improvement in same-store sales and by the sustained expansion of all of its formats. Food sales recorded a good progression. The banner is also benefiting from the success of its commercial repositioning and its new visual identity. Monoprix is continuing its expansion on all formats, particularly at new sales outlets (train stations, motorways). The banner will accelerate its growth in e-commerce.


Internationally, sustained organic growth continued on all markets, which accelerated sequentially (+9.7%* vs. +8.3%* in Q1 2013)

International subsidiaries posted another quarter of strong organic growth at +9.7% excluding petrol and the calendar effect. Total international sales increased by +76.6% to €7,199 million, particularly due to the full consolidation of GPA as of the second half of 2012, despite the negative foreign-exchange effect of -10%, primarily related to the real’s depreciation.
Total international sales accounted for 60% of the Group’s net sales.

Latin American same-store sales grew by +6.7%, excluding petrol and the calendar effect, a sequential progress from Q1 2013 (+5.4%), particularly reflected by GPA’s sustained performance in Brazil. Organic growth was boosted by continued rapid expansion in Brazil and Colombia. In all, sales doubled, primarily under the impact
of the full consolidation of GPA.

  • GPA in Brazil

In Brazil, GPA posted same-store sales up +10.1%, excluding petrol and the calendar effect.

In food, GPA Food’s same-store net sales rose sharply by +8.4%* (+5.5%* in Q1 2013). Sales were driven by excellent performances from Assaí cash & carry
and Minimercado convenience formats, with redefined concepts. Expansion
was buoyant over the second quarter with the opening of 23 Minimercado Extra stores, three Assaí stores and the opening of the Americas commercial gallery (12,500 m2) in Rio.

In non-food, Viavarejo’s same-store sales posted highly sustained growth of +12% (compared to +7.3% in Q1 2013). E-commerce growth has been very strong (+24.1%), driven by changes to price strategy and product categories rolled out, reinforced services and marketplace launch: Nova.com now represents 16% of Viavarejo sales. Retail operations performed well.

* Excluding petrol and the calendar effect – as a reminder, GPA releases gross sales including calendar effect 

  • Exito Group

Exito’s organic sales growth excluding petrol and the calendar effect was +3.2%, driven by expansion and Uruguay’s excellent performances. Sales initiatives (Megaprima) posted a solid performance against a backdrop of macroeconomic slowdown. The banner confirmed its leading market position in Colombia and Uruguay, and continued its expansion focused on proximity and on the Surtimax discount format, which is continuing to gain market share. Ten stores were opened in Colombia in Q2 2013, including four Surtimax and three Exito Express stores.
In Asia, same-store growth excluding calendar effect totalled +2.2%. Organic growth in sales excluding calendar effect maintained a high level of +9.9%. Total sales grew +11.9%.

  • Big C Thailand

Big C posted organic sales growth excluding the calendar effect of +8.9%.
Same-store growth was +3% in Q2, greater than Q1 (+2.4%), related to leading price positioning, the great success of its retail operations and the development of its loyalty card.Expansion on small formats (36 Mini Big C and 15 Pure stores opened) was highly sustained. Income from commercial galleries adjacent to hypermarkets remains very sustained.

  • Big C Vietnam

Big C Vietnam posted very strong organic sales growth. The banner continued its expansion, opening 2 hypermarkets and 2 adjacent commercial galleries, and confirmed its leadership in price indices and price image.

 

Perspectives for the second half of 2013

The Group is maintaining its 2013 targets:

  • Strong growth in reported sales
  • Organic sales and organic trading profit growth
  • Maintaining a solid financial structure with a net financial debt/EBITDA ratio below 2x

ANALYST AND INVESTOR CONTACTS
Régine GAGGIOLI – Tel:+33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fr
or
+33 (0)1 53 65 64 18
IR_Casino@groupe-casino.fr

GROUP EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
PRESS CONTACTS
Aziza BOUSTER
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 24 78
Mob: +33 (0)6 08 54 28 75
abouster@groupe-casino.fr

IMAGE 7
Grégoire LUCAS
Tel: +33 (0)6 71 60 02 02
glucas@image7.fr

The first-half 2013 consolidated financial statements drawn up by the Board of Directors on 24 July 2013 have been reviewed by the Statutory Auditors.

Disclaimer

This press release was prepared solely for informational purposes and should not be construed as a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell any securities or related financial instruments. Similarly, it does not and should not be treated as giving investment advice. It has no connection with the specific investment objectives, financial situation or needs of any receiver. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is provided in relation to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information contained in this document. It should not be regarded by recipients as a substitute for the exercise of their own judgement. Any opinions expressed herein are subject to change without notice.


Appendices

Main changes in the scope of consolidation

  • Full consolidation of GPA since 2 July 2012. GPA was proportionately consolidated at 40.3201% as of 30 June 2012.
  • Full consolidation of companies owning 21 stores into Franprix Leaderprice
    as of July 2012.
  • Full consolidation of BARAT into Franprix-Leaderprice from 8 March 2012.
  • Full consolidation of HDRIV (RIVIERE) into Franprix Leaderprice from 1 December 2012.
  • Full consolidation of DSO and CAFIGE into Franprix Leaderprice from 1 February 2013.
  • Full consolidation of PFD (FABRE) into Franprix Leaderprice from 31 December 2012.
  • Full consolidation of MONOPRIX since 5 April 2013.
  • Deconsolidation of Mercialys on 21 June 2013, the date of the Annual General Meeting during which Casino’s loss of control was noted. As of this date, results have been accounted for using the equity method.



Net underlying profit

Net underlying profit corresponds to net profit from continuing operations adjusted for the impact of other operating income and expense (as defined in the “Significant Accounting Policies” section of the notes to the annual consolidated financial statements), non-recurring financial items

Non-recurring financial items include fair value adjustments to certain financial instruments at fair value whose market value may be highly volatile. For example, fair value adjustments to financial instruments that do not qualify for hedge accounting and embedded derivatives indexed to the Casino share price are excluded from net underlying profit.

Non-recurring income tax expense/benefits correspond to tax effects related directly to the above adjustments and to direct non-recurring tax effects. In other words, the tax on underlying profit before tax is calculated at the standard average tax rate paid by the Group.

Underlying profit is a measure of the Group’s recurring profitability.

 

 

 

 

 

24 July 2013

Casino finalizes the acquisition of Monoprix

Further to the approval of the French Competition Authority to take exclusive control of Monoprix Group, Casino finalized the acquisition of the remaining 50% of Monoprix held by a subsidiary of Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank through a temporary holding arrangement.

The price of € 1,175 Million was paid at the implementation of the temporary holding arrangement on April 5th, 2013. Monoprix is consequently fully consolidated by Casino from the 2nd quarter.

 

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