Tesco mulls exiting Thailand, Malaysia

Tesco mulls exiting Thailand, Malaysia”

LONDON, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Shares in Tesco rose more than 5% on Monday after Britain's biggest retailer said it might sell its Asian businesses, in Thailand and Malaysia, which analysts valued at up to $9 billion.

United Kingdom -based retailer Tesco PLC is considering selling its supermarket businesses in Thailand and Malaysia, in deals that could value those operations at up to $9 billion, people with knowledge of the plans said. One of the people said that Tesco could start a sale process early next year.

For the six months to August 24, Tesco's pretax profit was GBP494 million (US$649 million), compared with GBP463 million a year earlier.

An analyst at TCC Global, Bryan Roberts says that Tesco's commitment to a global footprint had looked shaky as supermarket chains across the world sold off worldwide parts of their businesses.

At a capital markets day in June, Tesco said it was well placed to grow in Asia, particularly in Thailand, where it saw an opportunity for 750 new convenience stores over the "medium term".

"That leaves the Thai business hugely undervalued as part of the group".

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"That in itself provides ample justification to consider a disposal, especially if there is unsolicited interest", Monteyne wrote in a note to clients.

Tesco is five years into a UK-focused recovery plan launched by chief executive Dave Lewis after an accounting scandal in 2014 capped a dramatic downturn in trading.

Lewis is leaving Tesco next year after saying he has completed the business turnaround, with designate CEO Murphy set to take over in the hot seat next summer.

Previous retreat of 2015 took place when Dave Lewis sold the south Korean business of Tesco.

Sir Terry opened in Thailand in 1998 as Tesco Lotus, launching operations in South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan and China.

Moreover, facts reveal that the Asian business is making margins of almost six percent which is more than the three percent margins in the UK, Ireland and the central European arm that operates in Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

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