RAEX (EXPERT RA) AFFIRMS O`KEY ‘ruA-’ RATING WITH A STABLE OUTLOOK

O`KEY Group S.A. (LSE: OKEY, the ‘Group’) announces that RAEX (Expert RA) has affirmed O`KEY LLC, the main operating subsidiary of O`KEY Group S.A., a credit rating of ‘ruA-’. The outlook of the rating is Stable.

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The rating reflects the Group’s stable position within the Russian food retail market, its strong liquidity and debt repayment capacity as well as high standards of corporate governance and risk management.

RAEX (Expert RA) expects that in 2019–2020 the Group will demonstrate higher profitability driven by the continuation of positive trends within the discounter business.  

OVERVIEW

O`KEY Group S.A. (LSE: OKEY, RAEX – ‘ruA-’) operates under two main formats: hypermarkets under the ‘O’KEY’ brand and discounters under the ‘DA!’ brand.

As at 08 July 2019, the Group operates 164 stores across Russia (78 hypermarkets and 86 discounters). The Group opened its first hypermarket in St. Petersburg in 2002 and has since demonstrated continuous growth. O`KEY is the first among Russian food retailers to launch and actively develop e-commerce operations in St. Petersburg and Moscow, offering a full range of hypermarket products for home delivery. The Group operates six e-commerce pick-up points in Moscow and six e-commerce pick-up points in St. Petersburg. The Group operates four distribution centres across the Russian Federation – two in Moscow and two in St. Petersburg. As at 31 December 2018 the Group employs more than 20,000 people.

For the full year 2018, revenue totalled RUB 161,303,411 thousand, EBITDA reached RUB 8,644,008 thousand, and net loss for the period amounted to RUB 599,755 thousand.

The O`KEY shareholder structure is as follows: NISEMAX Co Ltd – 44.79%, GSU Ltd – 29.52%, free float – 25.69%.

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