JES Travel Retail
Travel retail powerhouse confirmed
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BASEL, July 11, 2022 1 NEWS RELEASE AD HOC ANNOUNCEMENT PURSUANT TO ART. 53 LR Dufry and Autogrill join forces to redefine Travel Experience globally Setting a new industry standard and anticipating consumer trends through an enhanced experience for passengers and greater benefits for landlords and brands, with a new global platform generating immediate value for consumers and shareholders. Dufry, global leader in Travel Retail, and Autogrill, global leader in Travel Food & Beverage (F&B), are combining to create a new, integrated global Travel Experience player The combined entity will address 2.3 billion passengers in more than 75 countries in around 5,500 outlets across around 1,200 airport and other locations with CHF 13.6 billion revenue (2019 pro-forma) and CHF 1.4 billion EBITDA (2019 pro-forma, pre-IFRS 16) The transformational combination represents a complementary strategic fit and will support Dufry’s new long-term strategy The enlarged Group redefines the boundaries of the industry and will focus on enriching the passenger journey based on experience and innovation More integrated and digitalized offerings across Travel Retail & F&B provide landlords, airport partners and brands with an enhanced service portfolio Dufry significantly strengthens its presence in the highly attractive and resilient US market, while adding opportunities in other key geographies including APAC, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
BASEL, July 11, 2022 3 COMBINED GROUP IN FIGURES The combined Group will be able to serve over 2.3 billion passengers across all continents in around 5,500 outlets at around 1,200 airport and other locations generating CHF 13.6 billion revenues (2019 pro-forma) and CHF 1.4 billion of EBITDA (2019 pro-forma, pre-IFRS 16). The Group’s global footprint and presence in more than 75 countries will provide an exceptional experience and knowledge within the industry and enable strong, mutual value-creating relationships with landlords, airport partners and suppliers. The Group will employ around 60,000 people from over 150 nationalities globally, united as one team. COMPELLING STRATEGIC RATIONALE Enhanced travel experience including F&B and digital engagement to serve passengers: The combined entity is well positioned to provide travelers with a redefined, holistic travel experience that reflects evolving consumer trends. Complementing Dufry’s portfolio with F&B broadens our offering and gives us more contact points with travelers. In addition, the integrated Group will have greater resource to grow its digital capabilities, focused on delivering tailored passenger experiences. Dufry’s strategy has always been to serve the traveler along its journey, adapting our offers and concepts to accommodate its changing needs. Holistic service portfolio for landlords and brands: The integration of Travel Retail, Convenience and F&B allows the combined entity to improve the commercial setup and revenue generation for landlords. This also includes bidding to act as Master Concessionaire/Terminal Manager, guaranteeing the best commercial setup and efficient handling to landlords and airport partners. Business diversification and expansion in the highly attractive and resilient US market: The combined entity will benefit from an increased level of diversification by geography, business type and channel, driven by Autogrill’s strong position in the highly attractive and resilient US F&B market, as well as its current exposure to the duty paid market and multi-channel approach. In particular, the US has proven to recover quicker and to be less volatile than the rest of the world due to the high share of domestic passengers. The combined Group will be present in more than 100 airports in the US, and with a shared presence in 17 of the country’s top 20 largest airports. Increased business development opportunities: Moreover, the transaction will expand Dufry’s growth opportunities in other attractive international markets including Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. F&B is expected to be supported by future industry dynamics that can further drive growth, e.g. limited offerings on board, increasing travelers’ propensity to grab drinks and foods before boarding, rising interest in regional food, and demand for new experiences and concepts. Supportive for deleveraging: The combined entity is expected to benefit from a materially strengthened balance sheet and lower financial leverage compared to Dufry as a stand-alone business. Dufry agreed to reduce its leverage to below 3x between 2024 and 2025, depending on the timing of the completion of the overall transaction. Compelling cost synergies potential: Dufry and Autogrill will integrate into one organization and expect to generate cost synergies with an annual run-rate of approx. CHF 85 million5 , comprising both cost reductions and gross profit improvements. First, Dufry expects to realize optimization measures at cost of goods sold level in F&B and convenience with focus on the US. 5 At Adj. OpCF level (pre-tax, pre-minorities) BASEL, July 11, 2022 4 Secondly, Dufry expects to optimize support function costs and reduce business related operating expenses. Synergies are planned to be fully realized in the first two years post-transaction. A dedicated team will focus on the delivery on a zero-based budgeting approach. Value enhancing transaction for shareholders: As a consequence of all the above, the transaction is expected to create sustainable value to shareholders. Despite the significantly lower leverage level, Dufry expects to achieve an EFCF per share accretion in the first year-postclosing6 . The EFCF conversion from the targeted cost synergies amounts to approx. 65%. In addition, the business combination is expected to generate new revenue opportunities going forward through diversification and innovation. The combined entity will continue to foster its ESG commitments and engagement for all stakeholders.
About Dufry Dufry AG (SIX: DUFN) is the leading global travel retailer operating over 2,300 duty-free and dutypaid shops in airports, cruise lines, seaports, railway stations and downtown tourist areas, in more than 420 locations in 66 countries across all six continents. The Company, founded in 1865 and headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is offering customers a first-class shopping experience, global brands, a unique market access and landlords a reliable, value-enhancing partnership. To learn more about Dufry, please visit www.dufry.com.
About Autogrill Autogrill S.p.A. (XMIL: AGL) is a leading global provider of food & beverage services for travelers, operating mainly in airports, motorways and railway stations with a broad geographical reach. It has a presence in 30 countries on 4 continents, through more than 800 locations and managing approx. 3,300 points of sale. Autogrill, headquartered in Milan, Italy, employs over 34,000 employees. The company manages a wide portfolio of owned and licensed brands (>300), to satisfy the changing needs of customers and landlords. To learn more about Autogrill, please visit https://www.autogrill.com. BASEL, July 11, 2022 8 Advisors UBS and Credit Suisse acted as financial advisors to Dufry on this transaction. Homburger AG, Chiomenti and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP are acting as legal advisors to Dufry. Morrow Sodali is acting as Information Agent on this transaction and can be reached on +442080893286. Legal Disclaimer
For further information: CONTACT DR. KRISTIN KÖHLER Global Head Investor Relations Phone: +41 79 563 18 09 firstname.lastname@example.org RENZO RADICE Global Head Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Phone : +41 61 266 44 19 email@example.com DUFRY GROUP – A LEADING GLOBAL TRAVEL RETAILER Dufry AG (SIX: DUFN) is the leading global travel retailer operating over 2,300 duty-free and duty-paid shops in airports, cruise lines, seaports, railway stations and downtown tourist areas, in more than 420 locations in 66 countries across all six continents. The Company, founded in 1865 and headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is offering customers a first-class shopping experience, global brands, a unique market access and landlords a reliable, value-enhancing partnership. To learn more about Dufry, please visit www.dufry.com. Social Responsibility Dufry cares for children and supports social projects from SOS Kinderdorf in Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, Russia, Jordan and Spain. SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, non-political and non-demonstrational organization established for orphaned and destitute children all over the world.