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Retail: Russian chain Lenta plans London flotation

February 4, 2014

Sarah Butler

The Russian hypermarket chain Lenta has announced plans to float in London with a valuation of more than $5bn (pounds 3bn). The company, in which the US private equity firm TPG and Russia's VTB Capital have the biggest stakes, has jumped a queue of British retailers that are set to follow suit over the next few months. Lenta is expected to raise at least $1bn as its owners sell part of their holdings in the business via a joint listing in Moscow . The retailer has 77 hypermarkets and 10 supermarkets in 45 Russian cities, and is seeking to double its selling space within three years. About 15 high street names with a valuation of more than pounds 6bn are expected to seek listings in London this year. McColl's, the convenience store chain, is the only British retailer to have formally announced its plans but Poundland, Appliances Online and are all thought to be close to firing the starting gun. Sarah Butler

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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