Lucio Co infusing allied business into Puregold
Puregold Price Club Inc., through its subsidiary S&R Membership Warehouse, is beefing up its portfolio with the planned purchase of an affiliate local retailer and wholesaler of grocery items.
In a disclosure on Monday, the listed company said that S&R owner and operator Kareila Management Corp. had approved the acquisition of PSMT Philippines Inc., which is also owned by Co family, for P112.5 million.
“As PSMT is also owned by the Cos, the acquisition could be a boost [to] brand equity and the move could add more synergies for the group, among others,” Regina Capital Development Corp. head of sales Luis Limlingan told the Inquirer.
“Given that consumption has still been strong in the country despite the global headwinds, it still seems lucrative to expanding retail,” he added.
The retail conglomerate currently has 513 stores across the country. These include 443 Puregold stores, 22 S&R warehouses and 48 S&R New York Style quick-service restaurants.
With more people going out, the retail firm saw its net income improve by 13 percent to P6.5 billion in the January to September period from the previous year. It was also driven by the company’s “organic expansion of the group’s grocery retail outlets, strategic cost management and sustained strong consumer demand.”
Third quarter net income even climbed by 30 percent with the resurgence of business activities and consumer confidence.
“As mobility and confidence grew in the face of headwinds caused by inflation and commodity supply pressures, total traffic to all stores increased by 12 percent versus the same period last year,” the group said earlier.
The group is anticipating sales to peak this Christmas and New Year due to the seasonal increase in consumer spending.
As of end-September, Puregold’s total assets and liabilities stood at P142.15 billion and P60.27 billion, respectively.
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