Big Bazaar likely to be Hived off by Feb-2010

December 22, 2009 · Author: · Category: retail 

Pantaloon Retail’s (PRIL) planned hive-off of Big Bazaar is on track and is likely to be consummated by February 2010, according to management. Pantaloon’s management indicates that hive-off of Big Bazaar and Food Bazaar is on track. The hive-off will pave the way for fund-raising at the Big Bazaar level and induction of a foreign food retailer. The latter, which management has hinted at in many forums, is likely to provide the next leg-up to Big Bazaar’s growth trajectory. Big Bazaar and Food Bazaar account for 70% of PRIL’s (standalone) revenues and 67% of its total retail space.

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This allows the Big Bazaar format to chart its own growth, as funding is done at BB level and as funding constraints are removed; and 3) allow the induction of a strategic investor into Big Bazaar, which can spur further growth in the business in the form of franchising, cash-and-carry or licensing. Current regulations do not allow FDI in multi-brand retailing

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