BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 11, 2013 - Delhaize Group (Euronext Brussels: DELB, NYSE: DEG), the Belgian international food retailer, announces that it has reached an agreement with Expo Commerce (“Expo”) on the divestiture of 25 Maxi, Mini Maxi, and Tempo stores in Montenegro.
Delhaize Group announces that it has signed an agreement with Expo to sell all 25 Maxi, Mini Maxi, and Tempo stores it operates in Montenegro. In 2012, these stores generated revenues of approximately €50 million. Expo is a distributor of major branded fast-moving consumer goods. Delhaize and Expo will enter into a franchise agreement maintaining the Maxi, Mini Maxi and Tempo names.
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013 and is subject to regulatory approval as well as customary closing conditions and working capital adjustments. Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as exclusive financial advisor to Delhaize Group for this transaction.
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in ten countries on three continents. At the end of the first quarter of 2013, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3,411 stores. In 2012, Delhaize Group posted €22.6 billion ($29.0 billion) in revenues and €104 million ($134 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2012, Delhaize Group employed approximately 158,000 people.