X5 and Rus Food Foundation to food drive events in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Novosibirsk

MOSCOW, Russia, 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE and MOEX ticker: “FIVE”), and Rus Food Foundation, the first Russian food bank, announce their transition to a new format for collecting food aid. In 2018, the partners plan to organise city-wide food marathons in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Novosibirsk. The first marathon will take place in Kazan on 3 March 2018, with the Foundation’s volunteers collecting food aid for socially vulnerable senior citizens of the Republic of Tatarstan at all of Kazan’s Pyaterochka, Perekrestok and Karusel stores.

This approach is a scaled-up version of the food drive technique employed in the Basket of Kindness campaign. It will help to increase audience engagement and enable the organisers to gather more food. In 2017, X5 Retail Group and Rus Food Foundation staged Basket of Kindness events at 803 Pyaterochka, Perekrestok and Karusel stores, with customers buying and donating some 80 tons of non-perishable foods. The aid was provided to 6,000 low-income families and senior citizens from various Russian regions.

Food for the Villages, the first city-wide food marathon, took place on 2 December 2017 at 200 of Moscow’s Perekrestok supermarkets, as well as at some Dixy and Billa stores. Customers donated over 30 tons of food, which translated into gift sets for approximately 15,000 senior citizens in nine regions. The Moscow food marathon showed the effectiveness of city-wide actions, and this was chosen as the key format for the Basket of Kindness project.

In order to maximise engagement in the food aid drive, in 2018, X5 and Rus Food Foundation will continue promoting their online charity food store at корзинадоброты.рф. This website was launched in late November 2017, and in the first two months it had over 30,000 unique visitors from all over Russia. In addition to providing information about the project’s history and status, the website offers multiple ways to participate in the initiative, starting from submitting a volunteer application to donating food. It also enables visitors to buy a food set online and to donate goods ranging in price from RUB 150 to RUB 2,000. The sets include essentials for a family diet, including cereals, pasta, sunflower oil, canned goods, tea and sweets. In the first two months, the Basket of Kindness online charity store sold over RUB 300,000 worth of food sets. The aid recipients include elderly people living alone, single mothers, large families with extremely low income and orphans.

SOURCE: X5 Retail Group N.V.

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

Andrey Vasin
Investor Relations Officer
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X5 Retail Group and Rus Food Foundation announce the preliminary results of the Basket of Kindness initiative

MOSCOW, 2016-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, and the Rus Food Foundation, Russia’s first food bank, are pleased to announce the preliminary results of the Basket of Kindness initiative to provide food support to disadvantaged families.

From August to December, over 2,500 customers in Moscow, St Petersburg, Perm and Tyumen donated more than 5 tonnes of food to low-income families through the 23 X5 stores involved in the project. The food was collected, packed and given to those in need by 300 in-store volunteers. A further 12 Basket of Kindness campaigns will be held in Moscow and other regions in 2016.

The most food was collected in Moscow in December, with around 1,200 kg from give Perekrestok stores and another tonne donated by Pyaterochka shoppers.

X5 donated a further 700 kg to support people in need in addition to customer purchases during the campaign on 2-14 December in Moscow and St Petersburg.

The Basket of Kindness project was launched in summer 2015, when X5 gave customers the opportunity to pay RUB 100 or RUB 200 toward food parcels to be given away to families in need. The parcels included affordable, high-quality foods with long shelf lives, such as cereal grains, sugar, pasta, tea, canned meat, biscuits and oil. X5 arranged for the food sets to be collected in Perm’s Karusel hypermarket, packed and handed over to the Rus Food Foundation to distribute among low-income families.

X5 became the first Russian retailer to collect and distribute food donations with its joint project with the Rus Food Foundation. Food banks in various countries collect thousands of tonnes of food via retail chains giving shoppers the opportunity to buy products to be given to people in need.

In 2016, X5 plans to continue working with the Rus Food Foundation to provide aid to low-income families. From February to December this year, 12 campaigns lasting from several days to one month will be held in the Pyaterochka, Perekrestok and Karusel chains in Moscow, St Petersburg, Lipetsk, Rostov, Krasnodar, Samara, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Sochi and Nizhny Novgorod.

Photo reports showing how the donated food is given personally to those in need can be found on the Karusel and Perekrestok websites. For more information on how the food is donated, please contact the Rus Food Foundation.

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 31 December 2015, X5 had 7,020 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 6,265 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 478 Perekrestok supermarkets, 90 Karusel hypermarkets and 187 convenience stores. The Company operates 35 DCs and 1,561 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 9M 2015, revenue totaled RUB 578,701 mln (USD 9,763 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 41,780 mln (USD 705 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 12,084 mln (USD 204 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.06%, treasury shares – 0.02%, free float – 37.64%.

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

X5 Retail Group, Rus Food Foundation to provide food aid to those in need across Russia

Moscow, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, and the Rus Food Foundation have launched Basket of Kindness, a nationwide initiative to provide food aid to those in need across Russia. Rus Food Foundation is the Russian arm of the Global FoodBanking Network.

The Basket of Kindness organisers have set up infrastructure for customers to buy and donate food for in-store food drives, an approach used by retailers around the world to help the undernourished. X5 and Rus Food Foundation today launched two-week Basket of Kindness food drives at five Perekrestok stores in Moscow. On December 3, Basket of Kindness will also kick off in five stores in St. Petersburg.

Customers at participating stores can buy long shelf-life foods, as well as ready-made food packs worth up to RUB 200 that include cereal grains, sugar, pasta, tea, tinned meats, biscuits and vegetable oil. Rus Food Foundation volunteers will collect food donations in-store, and the Baskets of Kindness will then be distributed to multi-child families and people in need. In addition to building project infrastructure, X5 Retail Group will make significant food donations in addition to those collected from customers.

Today, Ivan Zubtsov, First Deputy Director at the Moscow City Department of Trade and Services, Andrey Besshtanko, Deputy Director at the Moscow City Department of Labour and Social Protection, visited one of the participating Perekrestok stores in Moscow. The visitors were among the first participants in the food drive,donating bags of food to families in need, and stressing the importance of the iniative for Moscow residents.

“We hope that a simple and convenient food aid scheme like Basket of Kindness will be well received by Moscow and St. Petersburg residents wishing to provide food aid to those in need,” said Elena Konnova, Corporate Communication Director at X5 Retail Group.

X5 is the first retail partner of the Rus Food Foundation to sell, collect and assemble readymade food packs for distributiong to low-income families using the Food Drive approach. The nationwide roll-out was preceded by a pilot in Perm’s Karusel hypermarket. In just 11 days, the campaign yielded over 650 kg of food, which was given to 200 families. The initiative is currently being rolled out in Tyumen as well.

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 September 2015, X5 had 6,512 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 5,795 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 451 Perekrestok supermarkets, 84 Karusel hypermarkets and 182 convenience stores. The Company operates 34 DCs and 1,393 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 9M 2015, revenue totaled RUB 578,701 mln (USD 9,763 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 41,780 mln (USD 705 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 12,084 mln (USD 204 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.05%, treasury shares – 0.02%, free float – 37.64%.

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

World Food Day: X5 Retail Group partners with Rus Food Foundation

Moscow, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, has launched a partnership with the Rus Food Foundation, which provides food aid to vulnerable people across Russia. Ahead of World Food Day X5 has donated an initial consignment of goods worth approximately RUB 4 mln, with the Foundation taking delivery of 60 pallets for distribution among 2,000 families in Tver and Vyazma.

X5 plans to continue supporting families in need in collaboration with Rus Food, and will become the Foundation’s first partner to sell, collect and distribute food aid for low-income families through food drive campaigns at its retail chains.

Stephan DuCharme, CEO of X5, said: “We believe it is essential to help improve living standards across Russia in partnership with our customers, suppliers and dedicated foundations. Food banking is therefore going to be a priority direction for our corporate social responsibility efforts. I hope that this initiative will resonate in the hearts of our employees and customers, and help create a better life for Russian families in need.”

X5 first piloted the project in summer 2015, asking customers to donate RUB 100 or RUB 200 towards basic foodstuffs such as cereal grains, sugar, pasta, tinned meats, biscuits and cooking oil for families in need. X5 arranged collection and packaging with Rus Food managing distribution. In just one week, Karusel hypermarkets in Perm purchased 650 kg of food, which was donated to 60 families. X5 and Rus Food Foundation are planning a series of similar projects over the coming months at a number of X5 Group brand stores in cities across Russia.

“Organisations such as Rus Food engage people all over the world to collect food for low-income families as part of food drive campaigns,” said Yulia Nazarova, Acting President of Rus Food. “Our initiative with X5 has made a great contribution to achieving our key objective of establishing aid infrastructure for families in need across Russia. We hope that customers will support it, and we are truly delighted to have X5 as our first Russian infrastructure partner.”

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 September 2015, X5 had 6,512 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 5,795 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 451 Perekrestok supermarkets, 84 Karusel hypermarkets and 182 convenience stores. The Company operates 34 DCs and 1,393 Companyowned 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%.

Rus Food Foundation is a charity organisation that provides food and non-food aid to socially vulnerable population groups across Russia. The Foundation accepts goods donated by Russian FMCG producers as well as cash contributions from individuals to purchase food as part of People’s Lunch, an all-Russian campaign. The aid is distributed through social services, Russian Orthodox Church parishes and private non-profit organisations. Every month, the Foundation helps 30,000 low-income people from various Russian regions. The key partners of Rus Food Foundation are PepsiCo, Unilever, Procter&Gamble, Kellogg’s, Nutricia, Mondelez International, Shake-Shack, Cargill, Bonduelle, Billa, Nestle and Genesys.

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