FITCH UPGRADES X5'S RATING TO BB+/STABLE
Amsterdam, 8 June 2018 - X5 Retail Group N.V ("X5" or the "Company"), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE and MOEX ticker: FIVE), announces that Fitch Ratings ("Fitch") has upgraded the Company's Long-Term Foreign Currency and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings to BB+ from BB. The outlook is "Stable". Fitch also upgraded its rating of the X5 Finance B.V. Eurobond to BB+ from BB.
Fitch stated that the upgrade reflects X5's strengthening market position as the largest food retailer in Russia and the solid execution of its growth strategy over the past four years, and takes into account the tightened financial leverage target following the recent adoption of a dividend policy.
X5 Chief Financial Officer Svetlana Demyashkevich said:
"We are pleased that Fitch have taken a positive view on the Company's financial standing. X5 remains a fast-growing company, while at the same time maintaining comfortable debt levels and successfully decreasing its average borrowing rates."
Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE and MOEX: FIVE, Fitch - 'BB', Moody's - 'Ba2', S&P - 'BB', RAEX - 'ruAA') is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands.
As of 31 March 2018, X5 had 12,701 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 11,797 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 674 Perekrestok supermarkets, 92 Karusel hypermarkets and 138 convenience stores. The Company operates 39 DCs and 3,038 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.
For the full year 2017, revenue totalled RUB 1,295,008 mln (USD 22,193 mln), Adjusted EBITDA reached RUB 99,131 mln (USD 1,699 mln), and adjusted net profit for the period amounted to RUB 33,768 mln (USD 579 mln). In Q1 2018, revenue totalled RUB 351,518 mln (USD 6,180 mln), adjusted EBITDA reached RUB 22,234 mln (USD 391 mln), and net profit amounted to RUB 5,628 mln (USD 99 mln).
X5's Shareholder structure is as follows: CTF Holdings S.A. - 47.86%, Intertrust Trustees Ltd (Axon Trust) - 11.43%, X5 Directors - 0.06%, treasury shares - 0.01%, Shareholders with less than 3% - 40.63%.
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