A deal has been reached in the acquisition of Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited, owner and operator of the Shoprite stores in Nigeria, by Ketron Investment Limited, a Nigerian company owned by a group of reputable institutional investors led by Persianas Investment Limited.
The divestment by Shoprite International is in line with its strategy to change from an ownership model to a franchise model.
This change in ownership has also received the approval of the Nigerian regulator, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
Speaking on the acquisition, Chairman, Ketron Investment Limited, Tayo Amusan, said: “We are thrilled to complete the acquisition of Shoprite, ensuring the continued operations of one of the biggest retail success stories in Nigeria.
“We look forward to building an even stronger company following our acquisition and are excited about the greater impact we will achieve to the benefit of our customers and other stakeholders now and well into the future”.
Since its launch in Lagos in December 2005, Shoprite has expanded to 25 outlets across eight states and Abuja, FCT.
According to the terms of this acquisition, Ketron acquires 100 per cent ownership of Shoprite in Nigeria and will continue operations across all existing outlets.
It also plans to open additional stores and introduce more Nigerian-made products in the stores.
This, he noted, will also result in more opportunities for Nigerians.
“It is our vision to create fundamental change for the better within Nigeria,” said Amusan.
“With benefits from our knowledge of the ever-evolving Nigerian retail marketplace, well-grounded social and economic research, and hands-on experience from our team, we are confident that this acquisition will foster a robust and sustainable business model for the ultimate benefit of all stakeholders.”
Professional services firms, KPMG, MBO Capital Management Limited and Banwo & Ighodalo, advised Ketron on the deal.
Jide Ogundare, CEO, MBO Capital, stated that the deal signals an opportunity for Ketron to uphold a thriving business.
“It will be hard work,” Ogundare said, “but with the plans we have in place, and with the support of the larger Shoprite family in Nigeria including our staff and every Nigerian shopper that walks through our doors, we are confident of success.”
Shoprite Holdings is Africa’s largest food retailer, operating 2,843 supermarkets in 15 countries and serving 35 million customers in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.
At the moment, Shoprite Nigeria’s supply chain includes more than 300 leading Nigerian suppliers, and boasts small businesses and farmers among its partners and suppliers.
Ketron has said Shoprite International will continue as technical advisers and Ketron will sustain the relationships established by Shoprite over the last decade and a half while ensuring a smooth “transfer of values.”