Casino Group affirms the strength of its business model, strategic plans and financial structure

Paris, 21 December 2015. Casino Group affirms the strength of its business model, strategic plans and financial structure On December 15th, 2015, Casino Group announced a plan to strengthen its balance sheet and enhance its financial flexibility with a deleveraging plan of more than €2bn through real estate transactions and disposal of non-core assets.

On December 17th, after having acquired significant short positions on Casino, Muddy Waters Capital issued a report questioning Casino Group’s strategy, financial strength and long term value.

Muddy Waters Capital’s report contains a number of false and misleading allegations, intended to negatively impact the trading prices of Casino’s stock and debt, for the benefit of the report’s author who, in his own words, should be assumed to have “a short position in all stocks (…) and bonds covered [in the report], and therefore stands to realize significant gains in the event that the price of either declines.”

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