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Metro AG Jun 11
Standard & Poors, June 2011
World's largest cash-and-carry operator. European market leader in consumer electronics retailing. Balanced geographic diversity. High expansion-related capital expenditure, restricting free cash flow generation. Substantial exposure to the very competitive German market. Late entry as online retailer in consumer electronics. The ratings on Germany-based diversified retailer Metro AG reflect its business risk profile, which Standard & Poor's Ratings Services views as "strong," based on leading European market positions in self-service wholesale retailing (cash & carry; C&C) and in consumer electronics retailing through MediaMarkt-Saturn(MMS). Offsetting these positive factors is Metro's still substantial exposure to the very competitive German retail market and the group's "significant" financial risk profile. German operating holding company Franz Haniel & Cie GmbH (FHC; BBB-/Stable/A-3) owns 34.2% of Metro...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Metro AG,Metro Finance B.V.,Franz Haniel & Cie GmbH
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Metro AG,Metro Finance B.V.,Franz Haniel & Cie GmbH