Russian food retailer X5 opens its first Karusel hypermarket in Klin, Moscow region

Klin, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announces the opening of its first Karusel hypermarket in Klin, Moscow region.

The new store, boasting a sales area of around 4,200 sq m, is located in a stand-alone building near Leningradskoe Highway at 9 Pobedy St.

The hypermarket offers 19,000 SKUs. Karusel cooperates closely with domestic suppliers: 90% of its food products are manufactured in Russia. The store’s suppliers include Moscow region producers, such as the Klinsky Bread Baking Complex, Shelkovohleb, Dedovsky Khleb, the Elinar-Broiler Poultry Farm and CHERKIZOVO Trading House.

The Karusel hypermarket features a wide range of products prepared in-store. Its bakery makes delicious fresh tandoor flatbreads and pizza. In addition to the standard menu items, the store cooks will take customised orders.

With 24 checkouts, this Karusel store will have a high throughput even during peak hours. The new hypermarket helped create over 170 new jobs.

X5 operates 11 Karusel hypermarkets in the Moscow region.

Karusel hypermarkets are one-stop shops for a variety of reasonably priced products. In addition to affordable prices, Karusel offers discounts for pensioners (5% from opening until 1 pm) and frequent shoppers (Karusel loyalty cardholders), as well as seasonal sales and special promotions.

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
Tel.:+7 (495) 662-88-88 ext. 21-456
e-mail: Andrey.Vasin@x5.ru

SOURCE: X5 Retail Group N.V.

Russian food retailer X5 opens its trade representative office in Hong Kong

Moscow, 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announces the opening of its trade representative office in Hong Kong. A permanent presence in Hong Kong, the business getaway to South-Eastern Asia, will enable X5’s procurement team to improve purchasing terms and build up the share of direct imports in a number of product categories, primarily fruit, vegetables, seafood and non-food goods.

The Hong Kong office is X5’s first trade representative office abroad. Looking forward, X5 is also considering opportunities to establish similar trade offices in Central Asia and South America. Direct engagement with foreign suppliers, bypassing distributors, will enhance the quality of X5’s offering to customers, by enhancing its control over production standards and mitigating risks of supply shortages.

Ramping up direct imports of goods that are not produced in Russia and seasonal products has been among X5’s top priorities since 2016. In 2017, the number of countries where X5 has direct relationships with suppliers reached 27. Direct imports already account for almost 50% of supplied fruit and berries. In the 18 months after the launch of the direct import programme, the total number of direct suppliers reached 200.

In 2017–2018, X5 intends to establish direct imports from another six countries – Bosnia, Mexico, Namibia, Madagascar, New Zealand and Iran. The Company is open to cooperation with producers from other countries looking to tap into the Russian market and is ready to offer favourable procurement terms.​

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
Tel.:+7 (495) 662-88-88 ext. 21-456
e-mail: Andrey.Vasin@x5.ru

SOURCE: X5 Retail Group N.V.

Russian food retailer O’KEY opens new supermarket in Sestroretsk (St Petersburg)

O’KEY Group S.A. (LSE: OKEY), one of the largest food retailers in Russia, announces the opening of a new supermarket in Sestroretsk, the Group’s 110th store and 42nd store in St Petersburg

MOSCOW, Russia, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 1,300 m2 supermarket is located in Kurortny region of St Petersburg (Sestroretsk, Primorskaya road, 268 A). The new supermarket will be the second store in Sestroretsk (first store was opened in 2008 on Volodarskyi str.).

Key emphasize in the new store is made on fresh products, such as vegetables and fruits, meat and poultry, fish, gastronomy and dairy products. The product range of nonfood is represented by essential products, including goods for children and expanded toys section. By summer the surrounding area of the store will be equipped with pavilion offering the variety of items for garden, picnic and leisure time, as well as for summer sports and fishing.

Onsite bakery and cozy café are also among the novelties introduced at the new store. Our clients will be served by 8 checkout counters in order not to create lines even at peak hours.

Mr. Heigo Kera, CEO of Hypermarket and Supermarket segment and Chairman of the Board of Directors, commented:

“We pay a lot of attention to the development of new supermarket format – compact stores, which help us to be closer to the clients. At the new store in Sestroretsk we created understandable space with modern navigation and well thought out assortment, what will help our customers to shop reasonably, conveniently and with maximum economy. I am sure that the new store will become popular among the residents of Kurortny region and St Petersburg.”

COMPANY OVERVIEW

O’KEY is one of the largest retail chains in Russia. Its primary retail format is the modern Western European style hypermarket under the “O’KEY” brand reinforced by O’KEY supermarket. The Group is developing the innovative discounter format under the “DA!” brand. O’KEY is the first among Russian food retailers to launch e-commerce operations in St. Petersburg and Moscow based on hypermarket assortment.

The Group opened its first hypermarket in St. Petersburg in 2002 and has demonstrated continuous growth ever since. As of April 21, 2017, O’KEY operates 165 stores across Russia – 73 hypermarkets, 37 supermarkets and 55 discounters.

SOURCE: O’KEY Group S.A.

For further information please contact:
Veronika Kryachko
Head of Investor Relations
+7 495 663 6677 ext. 404
Veronika.Kryachko@okmarket.ru
www.okeyinvestors.ru

Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group signed RUB 24 bn ($367m) long-term unsecured loan facility agreement with VTB Bank

Moscow, 2015-9-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” and/or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), has signed a RUB 24 bn long-term unsecured loan facility agreement with VTB Bank (“VTB” and/or the “Bank”) with tranches maturing in up to 3 years and an interest rate of the Central Bank of Russia’s key rate plus an agreed margin.

The loan facility has two tranches: – RUB 10 bn maturing in 2.5 years, and – RUB 14 bn maturing in 3 years.

The facility will be used to make an early repayment of MosPrime-linked loans (including refinancing a RUB 12.5 bn loan from VTB Capital plc.) and to finance the Company’s operations.

The new loan will improve the quality of the Company’s debt portfolio by reducing the overall cost of debt due to a lower margin and lower volatility of the underlying key rate. In addition, the structure and duration of the Company’s debt will improve as the maturity period is extended until 2018, while the risk of interest expense growth will be mitigated as MosPrime-linked obligations are refinanced.

The facility does not increase the Company’s total debt.

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%.

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

 

 

SAP to implement high-performance platform for the storage and processing of SAP HANA data for Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group

Moscow, Russia, 2015-8-31— /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), and SAP, one of the global market leaders for enterprise application software, have signed a contract to implement a high-performance platform for the storage and processing of SAP HANA data based on the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud environment. This will allow X5 to analyze information about billions of purchases made across the retail chain, to plan product lines, forecast demand, accommodate changes in consumer demand and carry out tailored marketing campaigns aimed at any of the Group’s target customer segments.

SAP HANA will enable X5 to quickly analyze several years’ worth of data on transactions carried out with suppliers, as well as documents relating to logistics and transportation, financial transactions, and also data on all purchases over the past three years. The system will be implemented quickly thanks to the Enterprise Cloud environment, with assistance from SAP’s technical support team at SAP’s Moscow-based data center. The basic data set will include around four billion checks.

In addition, this new solution will help to increase significantly the speed at which standard reports and analytics are carried out. It’s planned that within the next 9-12 months, X5 will be able to receive reports on transactions in stores with virtually no delay. Operational analytical data that were until now only available for the previous day will be generated within 30 minutes.

Stephan DuCharme, CEO of X5 Retail Group said: “In line with our strategy to develop as a multi-format retailer, X5 is constantly improving the value proposition of each distribution network and aims to meet the expectations of all target groups. The SAP HANA platform will let us focus on innovations to understand more accurately the current demands of our customers, our business and our partners.”

Stefan Höchbauer, SAP President, Middle & Eastern noted: “Given the market dynamics and increasing level of competition, the ability to accurately plan the product range, to analyze huge volumes of detailed information in real time, while managing customer expectations are all very important for retailers. The SAP HANA platform will provide the basis for innovation, helping X5 Retail Group to better manage its business and relationships with customers and suppliers.”

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 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%.

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

Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group acquires 100 stores owned by the Soseddushka retail chain in Orenburg and the Orenburg region

Orenburg, Russia, 2015-7-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announces the acquisition of 100 stores owned by the Soseddushka retail chain in Orenburg and the Orenburg region. This will increase X5’s presence in the region almost threefold.

The total area of the stores acquired by X5 Retail Group is close to 63,000 sq m, and total retail space is 36,700 sq m. Of the 100 stores, 61 are located in Orenburg and the rest are in the Orenburg region. The majority of the stores (96) will be re-branded as part of the Pyaterochka retail chain, while the remaining ones will become Perekrestok supermarkets. X5 expects to complete integration of the new assets in November 2015.

The newly acquired facilities will be refurbished in line with the new Pyaterochka and Perekrestok concepts. The chains intend to expand the new stores’ fresh offering (fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and dairy), thereby strengthening X5’s cooperation with local suppliers. In terms of pricing, Pyaterochka and Perekrestok target all social groups, frequently offering attractive promotions and seasonal discounts.

X5 entered the Orenburg and the Orenburg region market last year, opening its first Pyaterochka store in Orenburg in February 2014. Before this transaction, X5 had 54 Pyaterochka stores and one Karusel hypermarket in the region. The nearest distribution centres servicing X5 retail chains in the region are located in Samara. Under the terms of the transaction, the Group gains the right to use Soseddushka’s existing Orenburg distribution centre for supplying products to its stores.

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 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 Q1 2015, revenue totaled RUB 182,725 mln (USD 2,938 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 13,129 mln (USD 211 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 4,110 mln (USD 66 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 forwardlooking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not only relate to historical or current events. Forwardlooking 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

Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group N.V. announces the opening of its 5,555th store, a Pyaterochka proximity store in Lyubertsy, Moscow Region

Moscow, 2015-4-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V., (‘X5’ or the ‘Company’) a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: ‘FIVE’), is pleased to announce today the opening of the Company’s 5,555th store, a Pyaterochka proximity store in Lyubertsy, Moscow Region, marking an important milestone for X5.

It took only four months to open store number 5,555 after the Company announced the opening of store number 5,000, a Perekrestok supermarket in Chelyabinsk, in November 2014.

The new Pyaterochka, located within a residential complex in the city of Lyubertsy, at 1 Oktyabrsky Avenue, is Pyaterochka’s 20th store in Lyubertsy (the first Pyaterochka store opened in the city 10 years ago). The new store has a total floor space of 740 square meters, including 548 square meters of selling space, with an assortment of 4,332 SKUs. The new store fully complies with the ‘New Pyaterochka’ concept.

Among those attending the opening ceremony were Stephan DuCharme, X5 Retail Group CEO, Olga Naumova, CEO of Pyaterochka, senior management of the Perekrestok and Karusel retail chains, Lyubertsy’s municipal authorities and various Russian suppliers.

Stephan DuCharme, X5 Retail Group CEO, commented:

‘The opening of store number 5,555 demonstrates the outstanding progress and solid results X5 achieved in 2014 developing its retail chains, and the Company continues to capitalize on these achievements. We remain committed to accelerating openings of new modern retail stores, creating additional jobs, enhancing cooperation with Russian suppliers and offering a best in class assortment for a wide range of customers.’

Note to Editors:

X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, 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 convenience stores. The Company operates 34 DCs and 1,438 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).

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%.

 

Contacts:
Gregory Madick
Executive IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Gregory.Madick@x5.ru

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

Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group N.V. announces winners of the Nutcracker International Television Contest for Young Musicians

Moscow, 2014-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V., (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announced today the winners of the Nutcracker International Television Contest for Young Musicians (the “Contest”). The Company acted as a general partner of the 15th running of the Contest, which took place in Moscow from 2 December to 9 December, 2014. The final round of the contest took place on 9 December at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and was broadcast live by the contest organizer, RussianKultura TV channel (VGTRK) and by Radio Russia Kultura.
http://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/58498/episode_id/1151578/video_id/1110504

This year young musicians (up to 14 years old) from Russia, Germany, Thailand, Australia, Egypt, Ukraine, Belorussia, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Kazakhstan were divided into groups by specialization: “wind and percussion instruments”, “strings” and “piano” and went through three rounds of competition.

The final round included nine contestants from Russia (Novosibirsk, Shuya, Voronezh, Moscow, and Barnaul), Armenia and Belorussia. The finalists’ performances were accompanied by the Moscow State Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by the artistic director and head manager of the Saint Petersburg State Theater “Music Hall” Fabio Mastrangelo. The masters of ceremonies for the final round of the contest were Fyokla Tolstaya and Evgeniy Kungurov.

The finalists’ performances were evaluated by a distinguished panel of ten musical experts including People’s Artist of Russia, Daniil Kramer; artistic director of the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singing Center and president of the M. L. Rostropovich Foundation, Olga Rostropovich; honorary conductor of the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Ignat Solzhenitsyn; and, well-known violinist and People’s Artist of USSR, Liana Isakadze.

The Golden Nutcracker awards went to the young pianist from Belorussia, Vladislav Khandogiy, to the violinist from Voronezh, Georgiy Ibatulin and to the saxophone player from Shuya, Georgiy Djishkariani. X5 also presented all nine finalists and participants of the Contest with valuable prizes as well as providing “Candies of Kindness” for the audience.

The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has designated 2014 to be the Year of Culture. This year Х5 also became a strategic partner of the annual Living Classics International Contest for young elocutionists, where more than two million students from all over the world compete in reciting classical works of literature.

As a socially conscious company, Х5 implements charity projects together with the Lifeline Foundation for helping critically ill children; it also attaches great importance to supporting gifted children and promoting cultural and moral values. Taking into account the scale of X5’s business ventures, the Company is able to draw the attention of the widest possible audience to such projects.

For additional information please contact:
Denis Kuznetsov
Senior Public Relations Manager
+7-495 502-9783 ext. 11376
Denis.Kuznetsov@x5.ru

Vladimir Rusanov
Director of Public Relations
+7 (495) 662-8888 ext. 11357
Vladimir.Rusanov@x5.ru

Information:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (stock ticker at the London Stock Exchange — FIVE, Moody’s rating — B2, S&P rating — B+) is one of the leading grocery retailers in Russia. The Company manages stores of several retail chains: economy class groceries under the Pyaterochka brand, supermarkets under the Perekrestok brand, hypermarkets under the Carousel brand, Express Retail stores under various brands as well as the E5.RU online store.

By September 30, 2014, the Company had under its management 5,005 stores occupying the leading positions in retail in Moscow and Saint Petersburg and having a significant presence in the European part of Russia. The Company’s chain of stores includes 4,342 Pyaterochka stores, 389 Perekryostok supermarkets, 81 Carousel hypermarket and 193 Express stores. The company also manages 31 distribution center within the territory of Russian Federation and 1,528 cargo vehicles of its own.

In 2013 the Company revenues amounted to 534,560 million rubles, the EBITDA index reached 38,350 million rubles, and the net profit, 10,984 million rubles. Based on nine months of 2014 the revenues of X5 amounted to 452,285 million rubles, the EBITDA index reached 32,365 million rubles, and the net profit, 9,869 million rubles.

The shareholders of X5 are: Alpha Group — 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka — 14.43%, X5 directors — 0.03%, treasury shares — 0.04%, public floats — 37.64%.

Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group N.V. announces the cessation of active commercial operations at E5.RU, the Company’s online retail channel

Amsterdam, 2014-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V., (‘X5’ or the ‘Company’), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: ‘FIVE’), announced today the cessation of active commercial operations at E5.RU (“E5”), the Company’s online retail channel, effective 1 January 2015.

The Company continues to evaluate the role technology and innovation will play in complementing the value propositions of the current “brick-and-mortar” food retail business as well as delivering better services and value to customers.

E5 will cease taking online orders as of 10 December 2014 while the Company will continue to honor any obligations the online retailer has to customers. E5.RU was launched by X5 in February 2012. The online retailer recorded net Russian Rouble sales of 502 million and 1,431 million in 2012 and 2013, respectively, or 0.1% and 0.2% of the Company’s total net retail sales for the respective periods.

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 economy class stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand, Express convenience stores under various brands and the online retail channel under the E5.RU brand.

At 30 September 2014, X5 had 5,005 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 4,342 Pyaterochka economy-class stores, 389 Perekrestok supermarkets, 81 Karusel hypermarkets and 193 Express stores. The Company operates 31 DCs and 1,528 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 RUR 9,869 mln.

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.03%, treasury shares – 0.04%, free float – 37.64%.

Contact:
Gregory Madick
Executive IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Gregory.Madick@x5.ru

Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group N.V. announces that Standard & Poor’s changed the Company’s outlook from stable to positive

Amsterdam, 2014-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announced today that Standard & Poor’s (“S&P”) has changed the Company’s outlook from stable to positive and affirmed X5’s long-term corporate rating at B+.

As stated in the rating agency’s press-release, “The rating actions reflect the group’s improved operating performance and credit metrics over the past few quarters. We think that the group should be able to sustain similar or stronger operating performance and credit measures over the next few quarters, despite ongoing difficult economic conditions in Russia.” S&P also noted that, “X5’s liquidity was adequate, as defined in our criteria, with sources comfortably covering uses, which is expected to continue due to the active refinancing of debt and keeping short-term maturities at manageable levels.”

The agency explained that the change in outlook to stable from positive was mainly prompted by its view that “The Company has adopted a more disciplined financial policy over the past four years, especially in terms of acquisitions, which, if continued, should support an upgrade.”

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 economy class stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand, Express convenience stores under various brands and the online retail channel under the E5.RU brand.

At 30 September 2014, X5 had 5,005 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 4,342 Pyaterochka economy-class stores, 389 Perekrestok supermarkets, 81 Karusel hypermarkets and 193 Express stores. The Company operates 31 DCs and 1,528 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 – 0.03%, treasury shares – 0.04%, free float – 37.64%.

Contact:
Gregory Madick
Executive IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Gregory.Madick@x5.ru

Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group N.V. announces the opening of its second distribution center in the Nizhny Novgorod Region

Dzerzhinsk, Russia, 2014-11-18— /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V., (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announced today the opening of the Company’s second distribution center (DC) in the Nizhny Novgorod Region. The new DC is located in Dzerzhinsk and will focus on providing goods to Perekrestok and Karusel stores in the Nizhny Novgorod and Kirov Regions and the Chuvash and Mari El Republics. Sladkaya Zhizn owns the 44,000 square meter facility and will act as operator.

According to X5’s logistics development strategy the DC will enable stores to offer a wide ranging assortment, including a higher share of products from local suppliers. Currently, the Dzerzhinsk DC can accommodate approximately 11,000 SKUs, including grocery, beverages, fresh, frozen, associated and non-food goods. In line with the three-year strategy’s objective to increase centralization levels the new facility plans to increase the number of SKU’s handled by the DC to over 15,000, including products from local suppliers.

Previously, X5 managed just one DC in the Nizhny Novgorod Region in the city of Kstovo. Since the opening of the new DC the Kstovo DC will provide dedicated services for Pyaterochka stores. Currently, there are nine Karusel hypermarkets, 25 Perekrestok supermarkets and 452 Pyaterochka stores operating in the Nizhny Novgorod and Kirov Regions and the Chuvash and Mari El Republics. The new DC facility provides additional logistics capacity, which will allow X5 to continue expanding in the aforementioned regions and republics while at the same time enabling the Company to increase the pool of local suppliers, reduce logistics costs and streamline business processes related to store replenishment. X5’s accent on fresh products in store assortments provides greater opportunities for collaboration with regional suppliers.

Dzerzhinsk DC is the second project under the Company’s new logistics strategy. On 12 September, X5 opened the Rostov DC, the second distribution center in the Rostov region, which provides dedicated services for Pyaterochka stores while the Don DC, the region’s first distribution center, remains focused on services for Perekrestok and Karusel stores located in the south of Russia. The Company is now preparing to open a new class ‘A’ distribution facility in the Voronezh Region.

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 economy class stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand, Express convenience stores under various brands and the online retail channel under the E5.RU brand.

At 30 September 2014, X5 had 5,005 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 4,342 Pyaterochka economy-class stores, 389 Perekrestok supermarkets, 81 Karusel hypermarkets and 193 Express stores. The Company operates 31 DCs and 1,528 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 – 0.03%, treasury shares – 0.04%, free float – 37.64%.

Contact:
Gregory Madick
Executive IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Gregory.Madick@x5.ru