Casino Group announces its intention to launch a voluntary cash tender offer on the outstanding shares of Cnova N.V. (“Cnova”) held by public shareholders (i.e. shares not held by Casino Group) at an offer price of US$5.50, hence a maximum consideration of US$196m. This contemplated tender offer is conditional upon, amongst others, the completion of the proposed transaction, described below, between Via Varejo and Cnova (composed of Cdiscount and Cnova Brazil).
The tender offer price would represent a 82% premium to the last unaffected share price.
This announcement follows the announcements made by Cnova and Via Varejo S.A. (“Via Varejo”) concerning the possible combination of Cnova Brazil with Via Varejo. Upon the completion of the transaction, Cnova would exclusively own Cdiscount. Via Varejo would merge with Cnova Brazil and would no longer be a shareholder of Cnova. Via Varejo would thus confirm its multi-channel leadership for non-food retail in Brazil.
This transaction aims at simplifying Casino Group’s structure and would allow Cnova to refocus, through Cdiscount, on E-commerce in France, a market where it has a proven leadership position and clear growth prospects.