LONDON: O’KEY Group S.A., one of Russia’s leading food retailers, today announces the start of trading of its Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs) on Moscow Exchange.
The GDRs trade under the ticker “OKEY” and are included in Moscow Exchange’s Level 1 quotation list.
Renaissance Capital is acting as market maker for the Group’s GDRs on Moscow Exchange. The Group will continue to maintain its primary listing on the London Stock Exchange, where O’KEY’s GDRs have traded since 2010.
Armin Burger, CEO of O’KEY Group, said: “The listing of our GDRs on Moscow Exchange is an important milestone for O’KEY that will expand the Company’s investor base and boost the liquidity of O’KEY’s traded securities.
“We are pleased that our customers, who are well acquainted with O’KEY and DA! brands, can now become our shareholders by acquiring the Company’s GDRs on the largest Russian stock exchange. O’KEY Group continues to expand its business and maintain a strong financial position on the back of a high-quality business model that leverages the synergies of the next-generation O’KEY hypermarket format, modern DA! discounters and one of the leading online food retail platforms in Russia.
“Our team sees significant potential for further growth of the Group’s business and is committed to delivering shareholder value.”
Oleg Viyugin, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Moscow Exchange, said: “This year, Moscow Exchange has attracted a dozen new listings from across various sectors of the Russian economy. The emergence of these new issuers is changing the structure of the Russian market, and increasing the share of companies from non-extractives industries. Today, we are pleased to welcome O’KEY, one of the largest food retailers in Russia, to Moscow Exchange. This offers an additional opportunity for the more than eight million Russian individual investors who trade on Moscow Exchange to further diversify their portfolios. We wish O’KEY every success as a public company on Moscow Exchange.”
O’KEY Group S.A. (LSE, MOEX: OKEY, RAEX – ‘ruA-‘) is one of the leading grocery retailers in Russia, operating hypermarkets under the O’KEY brand and discounters under the DA! brand.
As of September 30, 2020, the Group operated 182 stores across Russia (77 hypermarkets and 105 discounters) with total selling space of 591,352 square meters. The company opened its first hypermarket in St. Petersburg in 2002 and has since demonstrated continuous growth. O’KEY was the first Russian food retailer to launch e-commerce operations in St. Petersburg and Moscow, offering a full range of hypermarket products for home delivery.
The Group has six e-commerce pick-up points in Moscow and six e-commerce pick-up points in St. Petersburg. In 2015, the Group launched the first discount chain in Russia under the DA! brand. The Group operates five distribution centres in Russia – three in Moscow and two in St. Petersburg. The Group employs more than 20,000 people.
In 2019, Group’s revenue totalled RUB 165.1 billion, while EBITDA reached RUB 14.1 billion and net income climbed to RUB 747 million.
The O’KEY shareholder structure is as follows: NISEMAX Co Ltd – 44.79%, GSU Ltd – 29.52%, free float – 25.69%.