Groupe Casino: Update on accession to the lock-up agreement relating to the financial restructuring of the Group; Appointment of an independent expert


Update on accession to the lock-up agreement relating to the financial restructuring of the Group

Appointment of an independent expert

Paris, 17 October 2023

Further to its previous press releases1, Casino Group announces that as of 17 October 2023, the last accession date for the lock-up agreement dated 5 October 2023 (the "Lock-up Agreement") relating to its financial restructuring, the following creditors have acceded to the Lock-up Agreement :

  • creditors economically holding 98.6% of the Term Loan B2 ;
  • principal commercial banking groups and some of the above-mentioned creditors economically holding 90.0% of the RCF3 ;
  • holders of notes issued by Quatrim representing 78.0% of these notes ;
  • 51.0% of unsecured financial creditors (high yield bonds, EMTN notes and NEU CP); and
  • 44.3% of perpetual subordinated noteholders.

The Group's other financial creditors may still accede to the Lock-up Agreement, but they will not benefit from the support fee for acceding to the Lock-up Agreement4 nor from the right to subscribe to the 275 million euros backstopped capital increase (see press release of 5 October 2023).

In the context of the various capital increases to be implemented as part of Groupe Casino’s financial restructuring, and in anticipation of (i) the vote of shareholder’s classes and (ii) the review by the Autorité des marchés financiers of the prospectuses relating to the proposed capital increases, Groupe Casino announces that the Board of Directors of Casino has, after review of the intervention proposal by the ad hoc committee and pursuant to article 261-3 of the AMF's General Regulations, appointed Sorgem Evaluation, represented by Maurice Nussenbaum, as independent expert to give its opinion on the fairness of the financial terms of the restructuring plan for the Company's current shareholders.

This press release was prepared solely for information purposes and should not be construed as a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell securities or related financial instruments. Likewise, it does not provide and should not be treated as providing investment advice. It has no connection with the specific investment objectives, financial situation or needs of any receiver. No representation or warranty, either express or implied, is provided in relation to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information contained herein. Recipients should not consider it as a substitute for the exercise of their own judgement. All the opinions expressed herein are subject to change without notice

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ANALYSTS AND INVESTORS CONTACTS

Christopher WELTON - cwelton.exterieur@groupe-casino.fr - Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
or
IR_Casino@groupe-casino.fr - Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 24 17

PRESS CONTACTS

Groupe Casino – Communications Director

Nicolas BOUDOT - nboudot@groupe-casino.fr - Tel: + 33 (0)6 79 61 40 99
or
directiondelacommunication@groupe-casino.fr - Tel: + 33(0)1 53 65 24 78

Agence IMAGE 7

Karine Allouis - kallouis@image7.fr - Tel: +33 (0)6 11 59 23 26

Laurent Poinsot - lpoinsot@image7.fr - Tel: + 33(0)6 80 11 73 52

Franck Pasquier - fpasquier@image7.fr - Tel: + 33(0)6 73 62 57 99


1 Press releases of 5, 11 and 13 October 2023.
2 It should be noted that creditors holding 85.4% of Term Loan B have undertaken to vote in favour of the financial restructuring under the accelerated safeguard proceedings.
3 It should be noted that creditors holding 88.8% of the RCF have undertaken to vote in favour of the financial restructuring under the accelerated safeguard proceedings.
4 It should be noted that the support fee is granted exclusively to unsecured creditors and to holders of perpetual subordinated notes who have acceded to the Lock-Up Agreement before the last accession date.

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