Lenta Ltd Fitch upgrades Lenta's rating to "BB"


RNS Number : 8544D

Lenta Ltd

11 July 2016

Fitch Ratings upgrades Lenta rating

St. Petersburg, Russia; 11 July 2016 - Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA), one of the largest retail chains in Russia, today announced that the Fitch Ratings has upgraded its Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) from 'BB-' to 'BB' and its National Long-term rating from 'AA-(rus)' to 'A+(rus)'. The outlook on the ratings is stable.

The upgrade of Lenta ratings to 'BB' reflects the Company's proven execution of its sales growth strategy while maintaining strong profitability.

Fitch's expectation that Lenta will be able to further strengthen its market position and increase the scale of its business over the medium term, while keeping conservative

credit metrics consistent with higher ratings.

About Lenta

Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country's fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2015 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 147 hypermarkets in 72 cities across Russia and 42 supermarkets in Moscow and St. Petersburg, with a total of approximately 922,865 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 6,000 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 1,000 sq.m. The Company operates six owned hypermarket distribution centres.

The Company's price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 38,414 people as of 31 December 2015(1) .

The Company's management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta's largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: 'LNTA'.

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com, or contact:

Lenta                               Citigate 
  Anna Meleshina                      International Media: 
  Public Relations &                  David Westover and Marina 
  Government Affairs                  Zakharova 
  Director                            el: +44 207 282 2886 
  Tel: +7 812 363 28                  E-mail: lentateam@citigatedr.co.uk 
  E-mail: anna.meleshina@lenta.com    FTI Consulting 
                                      Russian Media: 
  Anastasia Kuznetsova                Anton Karpov & Victoria 
  Corporate Communications            Afonina 
  Manager                             el:+7 495 795 06 23 
  el:+7 (812) 336 39                  E-mail: lenta@FTIconsulting.com 
  E-mail: a.kuznetsova@lenta.com 
   ([1])    FTE (full-time equivalent). Average FTE for 2015 was 31,307 employees.

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