Tuesday 4 December 2012

A bogof for B&M Bargains?

Having sold a significant share of the business for a 10x multiple that values B&M Bargains at around £965m, the Arora brothers have secured two major assets:
- A source of funding to realise its UK and overseas potential
- A visionary who saw the global potential when Tesco was tip-toeing into France

Arora bought B&M at the start of the global downturn in 2005 when it was loss-making and had fewer than 20 stores. However, the retailer has been transformed since then. It now has more than 300 stores, 10,000 employees, annual sales of £1bn, and is perfectly positioned to thrive in the global ‘post-recession’ flatline environment…

For NAMs wanting to scope out the company’s full potential, now rather than when everyone can exercise hindsight, think:
- Tesco with no baggage in the era of pile-it-high, sell-it-cheap
- Tesco freed from City restraints, at least for five years…
- A fully focused family with everything to gain
- A well-connected chairman with nothing to lose
- A stripped-down fully transparent discount offer
- A global environment crying out for same…

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