Posted: Wed 26th Feb 2020

Updated: Wed 26th Feb

Walmart in talks to sell controlling stake in Asda

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales

US retail giant Walmart has said it is in early-stage talks about selling a controlling stake in supermarket chain Asda

Walmart said discussions begun after “inbound interest” from a small number of firms.

Media reports say interested parties were private equity firms.

In a joint statement from Asda and Walmart, the two companies said: “Walmart firmly believes that an IPO is an attractive long-term objective for Asda.

Asda is a great business with a clear strategy for the future and Walmart is committed to ensuring it has the resources and support it needs to deliver that strategy.

Walmart has a clear international strategy around ‘strong local businesses, powered by Walmart’ – which involves a number of different ownership arrangements depending on the needs of its different markets.

“Following inbound interest Walmart and Asda can confirm that we are currently considering whether there is an opportunity for a third party to invest in Asda, alongside Walmart, in order to support and accelerate the delivery of Asda’s strategy and position Asda for long term success.

“Together, we are in discussions with a small number of interested parties who share Walmart and Asda’s commitment and passion to growing the business – and who share our values, both for our customers and colleagues.

“No decisions have been made and we will not be commenting further on these discussions. If or when we decide to pursue this opportunity further our first priority will be to share more detailed information with our colleagues.”

Walmart is the world’s largest retailer, it bought Asda in 1999.



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