Carol Ryan joined Breakingviews in 2014 and writes about the consumer, luxury goods and retail sectors. Previously, she was a freelance journalist in Ireland. She holds a masters degree in human rights from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights in Venice, Italy and a degree in sociology and social policy from Trinity College Dublin.
The French supermarket’s heavily indebted parent got a fresh 500 mln euro unsecured loan. That buys Rallye time to sell assets and avoid handing over its 51 pct stake in the grocer to creditors. For banks which are already on the hook, it’s an attempt to avert a messy collapse.
The Dutch maker of Ben & Jerry is expanding faster, becoming a leaner company, and its investments are paying off. Kraft, meanwhile, looks light on ideas. Had Unilever accepted a merger offer two years ago, shareholders would be 15 pct worse off today.
Fujian-based Anta has approached Finnish ski-wear maker Amer. The offer values the group at a hefty 17 times EBITDA. Anta’s need to fend off U.S. peers in its home turf suggests it will pay more than any rival. Still, the target’s share price suggests investors aren’t convinced.