METRO AG has announced today that it has successfully completed the sale of its Indian operations, including all 31 wholesale stores and the entire real estate portfolio (6 store-occupied properties), to Reliance Retail Ventures Limited ("RRVL"). With an equity valuation of approx. €0.3 billion, METRO achieved a transaction EBITDA gain of approx. €150 million, EPS gain of approx. €0.3 and cash proceeds of €0.3 billion. This implies an EV/sales multiple of 0.6x based on sales of the financial year 2021/22 and considering lease rental and other related liabilities of €150 million. METRO confirms sales and EBITDA adjusted outlook for FY 2022/23 and mid-term ambitions.
“With today’s successful closing of the sale, METRO India will open a new chapter in its journey. We are convinced that Reliance as the new owner, with its local expertise, will successfully lead the business into the future. I’d like to sincerely thank our Indian employees once again for their hard work and commitment over the past 20 years and wish them the very best in this new chapter”, said Dr Steffen Greubel, CEO of METRO AG.
METRO will continue to build on its growth momentum and take further steps to achieve its mid- and long-term ambitions. In addition to the reduction in net debt already realised in Q1 through the reclassification of the Indian business as “Asset held for sale” (€0.15 billion), cash proceeds of €0.3 billion will further reduce METRO’s net debt (the total effect on net debt is therefore more than €0.4 billion) and will support METRO’s sCore strategy implementation.
METRO India will complement Reliance Retail’s retail network in the future. All METRO India stores will continue to operate under the METRO brand during an agreed transition period. For METRO employees and METRO customers, there will be no noticeable changes for the time being.
METRO is a leading international food wholesaler which specialises in serving the needs of hotels, restaurants, and caterers (HoReCa) as well as independent merchants (Traders). Around the world, METRO has approx. 17 million customers who benefit from the wholesale company’s unique multichannel mix: customers can purchase their goods in one of the large stores in their area as well as by delivery (Food Service Distribution, FSD) – all digitally supported and connected. In parallel, METRO MARKETS is being developed as an international online marketplace for the needs of professional customers which has been growing and expanding continuously since 2019. Acting sustainably is one of the company principles of METRO which has been listed in various sustainability indices and rankings for many years, including FTSE4Good, MSCI, CDP and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. METRO operates in more than 30 countries and employs over 93,000 people worldwide. In financial year 2021/22, METRO generated sales of €29.8 billion. More information can be found at MPULSE.de, our online magazine.