January 23rd, 2021

Couche-Tard makes $25B offer for French-based grocery chain Carrefour


By The Canadian Press on January 13, 2021.

A Couche Tard convenience store is shown in Montreal, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes.

LAVAL, Que. – Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has made a non-binding takeover offer for French-based grocery chain Carrefour SA worth about $25 billion.

The company confirmed it recently submitted a non-binding offer letter for a friendly deal at a price of 20 euros per Carrefour share.

Couche-Tard says the terms of the proposal are under discussion and remain subject to diligence, but the consideration is expected to be in cash in large majority.

It cautioned that there can be no certainty at this stage if the talks will result in a deal.

Founded more than 60 years ago, Carrefour operates nearly 13,000 hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores in France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Romania, Brazil, Argentina and Taiwan.

Couche-Tard operates convenience stores mostly under the Circle K brand in Canada, the United States and Europe. It recently took steps to expand into Asia.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 13, 2021.

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