DIA Group completes capital structure transformation
November 30, 2020
November 30, 2020
Long-term financing and capital structure solution agreed with 100 per cent of syndicated lenders and underpinned by significant support from reference shareholder LetterOne
Forty per cent reduction in leverage, refinancing risk eliminated and no material debt maturities for five years
Conversion of €500 million of debt into equity; €902 million syndicated loan facilities maturity extended to December 2025; €300m 2023 bonds extended to June 2026
DIA can now fully focus on the successful delivery of its long-term business plan
Madrid, November 30, 2020. DIA Group, (“DIA” or the “Group”) the proximity food retailer operating in Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Argentina, today announced an agreement with reference shareholder LetterOne, DEA Finance and its syndicated lenders that establishes a long-term financing structure to support the continued successful implementation of the Group’s business transformation.
The transaction, which has the unanimous support of the syndicated lenders, allows DIA to eliminate refinancing risk, reduces leverage significantly by 40 per cent and establishes a debt maturity profile better aligned to DIA’s long-term strategic requirements.
Commenting on the transaction, Stephan DuCharme, Executive Chairman of DIA, said:
“This transformational agreement aligns all of DIA’s key financial stakeholders and provides the Group with strong and stable capital foundations that will underpin the successful delivery of our business transformation.
Our reference shareholder LetterOne has, once again, demonstrated its sustained support for DIA’s transformation journey, and has now committed over €1.1 billion of equity capital since July 2019. I would also like to thank our syndicated lenders for their support and recognition of DIA’s long-term positive trajectory.
During 2020, the Group has delivered continued positive top line and adjusted EBITDA performance. We will now accelerate the second phase of the business plan and I am confident we will make further progress in 2021 and beyond.”
The main points of the agreement are: