EBRD acquires stake in leading Uzbek food retailer

By Anton Usov

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  • EBRD acquires minority stake in Uzbek food retailer Korzinka
  • Bank’s first equity investment in Uzbekistan for a decade
  • Number of Korzinka stores to triple by 2023

Consumers in Uzbekistan will benefit from more choice thanks an expansion of the country’s leading food chain Korzinka, which is being supported by the EBRD with the Bank’s first equity investment in the country for a decade. This is a sign of growing investor confidence in the industry and in the country.

The EBRD is investing up to US$ 40 million in a minority stake in the Singapore-incorporated company Anglesey Investments PTE. LTD., which owns FE Anglesey Food LLC – an operator of 50 ‘korzinka.uz’ and ‘korzinka.uz DISKONT’-branded stores across Uzbekistan.

The investment, which will see the number of Korzinka stores almost triple and triple and its staff double from current 5,000 employees to around 10,000 employees by 2023, will also support the development of corporate governance, environmental and social standards, as well as health and safety procedures and practices at the company.

It will also support a range of operational efficiency measures, including the installation of heat recovery systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning units as well as improved wall and roof insulation.

The EBRD is committed to promoting the development of the private sector in Uzbekistan. In 2019 alone, the Bank invested more than €500 million through 13 projects in the country, of which 9 were in the private sector. To date, the EBRD has invested €1.85 billion through 79 projects in Uzbekistan’s economy.

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