X5 Retail Group’s Pyaterochka and Railway Trading Company to open near 300 stores in Russia by the end of 2019

MOSCOW, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, announces the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between Pyaterochka, the Company’s proximity store chain, and Railway Trading Company (“RTC”). The joint project of launching of RTC-Pyaterochkabranded retail chain is intended to open near 300 stores in Russia.

Olga Naumova and Konstantin Danilov, the CEOs of Pyaterochka and Railway Trading Company, signed a memorandum of cooperation at the Fifth International Fair of Railway Equipment and Technologies EXPO 1520. Railway Trading Company plans to open five RTC-Pyaterochka stores by late 2015, and near 300 stores across Russia by the end of 2019. Implementation of this project is expected to create over 5,000 jobs.

The project is based on the reverse franchising model developed by X5. Under this model, Pyaterochka will be involved in the store launch and opening, as well as in comprehensive operational support, including repair and maintenance, equipment, IT solutions, staff training, logistics, advertising, marketing, etc. Railway Trading Company will be responsible for day-to-day management of the stores.

The average selling space of new stores will be 350 sq m, with a product mix that includes approximately 4,000 items.

Cooperation with Railway Trading Company is in line with Pyaterochka’s development strategy, which aims to achieve significant expansion of proprietary stores, while also allowing for cobranding projects with major geographically-diversified companies.

The partnership will also benefit Railway Trading Company by helping to improve service level for current and formers employees of Russian Railways, their family members, as well as passengers of the global railway leader.

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘Ba3’, S&P – ‘BB-’) 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 30 June 2015, X5 had 5,971 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 5,273 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 438 Perekrestok supermarkets, 83 Karusel hypermarkets and 177 convenience stores. The Company operates 35 DCs and 1,364 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln). In H1 2015, revenue totaled RUB 382,608 mln (USD 6,666 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 27,518 mln (USD 479 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 7,942 mln (USD 138 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.05%, treasury shares – 0.01%, free float – 37.64%.

Forward looking statements:
This announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forward-looking statements”. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not only relate to historical or current events. Forward-looking statements often use words such as “anticipate”, “target”, “expect”, “estimate”, “intend”, “expected”, “plan”, “goal”, “believe”, or other words of similar meaning.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances, a number of which are beyond X5 Retail Group N.V.’s control. As a result, actual future results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set out in these forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of X5 Retail Group N.V. speak only as at the date of this announcement. Save as required by any applicable laws or regulations, X5 Retail Group N.V. undertakes no obligation publicly to release the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this document that may occur due to any change in its expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

For further details please contact

Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Anastasiya Kvon
IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 792-3511
e-mail: Anastasiya.Kvon@x5.ru

X5 Retail Group’s proximity store chain Pyaterochka and RPM Group sign social cooperation agreement

Kaluga, Russia, 2015-2-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (‘X5’ or the ‘Company’), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: ‘FIVE’), and RPM Group (‘RPM’), part of Russian Railways, announced today a joint cross-industry initiative between Pyaterochka, the Company’s proximity store chain and RPM’s plant in Kaluga, in the form of a social cooperation agreement (the ‘Agreement’). The agreement was signed today by the CEO of Pyaterochka, Olga Naumova and the CEO of RPM, Konstantin Danilov, in the presence of Anatoly Artamonov, Governor of the Kaluga region and X5’s CFO Elena Milinova.

As part of the Agreement, in 2015 Pyaterochka will establish training centers at ten RPM plants across Russia to retrain staff facing redundancy and provide full-time employment opportunities with one of Russia’s leading food retailers. The joint project enjoys support from the Russian Trade Union of Railway Workers and Transport Builders.

After the agreement was signed, the first training center at RPM’s plant in Kaluga was formally opened while another training center was opened on the same day at RPM’s plant in Perm.

Russian Railways is one of the world’s leading railway operators, whose consistent efforts in technology innovation and operational excellence boost overall performance, ultimately leading to a release of staff resources. X5 Retail Group is one of Russia’s largest employers with approximately 120,000 employees. With the rapid expansion of Pyaterochka’s footprint across Russia, opening and reconstruction of Perekrestok and Karusel stores, X5 Retail Group added almost 15,000 new jobs last year, generating strong demand for a skilled retail workforce.

Pyaterochka’s RPM-based training centers will train up to 3,000 retail professionals, including store directors, assistant store directors, stock managers, supervisors, distribution center operators, operations engineers, and HSE engineers, every year. The centers will be able to enroll staff released by both RPM and non-Russian Railways companies.

Currently, there are 74 Pyaterochka proximity stores and three Perekrestok supermarkets in the Kaluga region. This year, the Company is going to open up new stores and upgrade those in operation. X5 Retail Group launched its first Pyaterochka in the Kaluga region back in 2007.

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Moody’s – “B2”, S&P – “B+”) 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.

At 31 December 2014, X5 had 5,483 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 4,789 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 403 Perekrestok supermarkets, 82 Karusel hypermarkets and 209 Express stores. The Company operates 34 DCs and 1,438 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2013, revenue totaled RUB 534,560 mln, EBITDA reached RUB 38,350 mln, and net income amounted to RUB 10,984 mln. In 9M 2014, revenue totaled RUB 452,285 mln, EBITDA reached RUB 32,365 mln, and net income amounted to RUB 9,869 mln.

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.04%, treasury shares – 0.04%, free float – 37.63%.