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Moody’s upgrades X5's rating to Ba1 / Stable

April 03, 2019. TAG: Retail Trade

X5 Retail Group N.V. ('X5' or the 'Company'), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE and MOEX ticker: "FIVE"), announces that Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has upgraded the Company's corporate family rating to Ba1 from Ba2. The outlook is "Stable".

Moody's stated that the upgrade reflects X5's strong sales growth, leading market position and solid and sustainable profitability, despite increasing competition in Russia's food retail market and challenging consumer environment.

X5 Chief Financial Officer Svetlana Demyashkevich said:

"We are pleased that X5's strong operational and financial performance and prudent financial policy was positively assessed by Moody's. We continue to deliver on our strategic priorities, while at the same time maintaining comfortable leverage levels and superior credit quality for our debt investors."

X5 Retail Group

X5 Retail Group is the leading multi-format food retailer in Russia. X5 shares are listed on the London Stock Echange (LSE) and Moscow Exchange in the form of Global Depositary Receipts under the ticker "FIVE". The Company operates several retail formats, including the chain of conveniently located proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand.