Russian retail chain Lenta sees its Fitch Ratings upgraded

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2016-Jul-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA), one of the largest retail chains in Russia, today announced that the Fitch Ratings has upgraded its Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) from ‘BB-’ to ‘BB’ and its National Long-term rating from ‘AA-(rus)’ to ‘A+(rus)’. The outlook on the ratings is stable.

The upgrade of Lenta ratings to ‘BB’ reflects the Company’s proven execution of its sales growth strategy while maintaining strong profitability.

Fitch’s expectation that Lenta will be able to further strengthen its market position and increase the scale of its business over the medium term, while keeping conservative
credit metrics consistent with higher ratings.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2015 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 147 hypermarkets in 72 cities across Russia and 42 supermarkets in Moscow and St. Petersburg, with a total of approximately 922,865 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 6,000 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 1,000 sq.m. The Company operates six owned hypermarket distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 38,414 people as of 31 December 2015.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com, or contact:
Anna Meleshina,
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53
E-mail: anna.meleshina@lenta.com

Anastasia Kuznetsova,
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97
E-mail: a.kuznetsova@lenta.com

Citigate 
International Media:
David Westover and Marina Zakharova
Тel: +44 207 282 2886
E-mail: lentateam@citigatedr.co.uk

FTI Consulting
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23
E-mail: lenta@FTIconsulting.com

Source: Lenta