November 3, 2023
Translink Corporate Finance South Africa acted as the financial advisor to Woolworths Holdings Limited in its proposed acquisition of 93.45% of the shares in Absolute Pets from Sanlam Private Equity Mid-Market Fund I and Absolute Pets management. The remaining management-retained shareholding will be acquired by Woolworths over an agreed period.
Woolworths is one of the largest retailers in South Africa and is listed on the JSE Limited Securities Exchange. Absolute Pets was established in 2005 and has become South Africa’s leading specialist pet food and care retailer, with over 150 stores nationwide.
Pet care is an attractive and rapidly developing market, with substantial growth potential. It is also an increasingly important category for Woolworths customers, who consider their pets an integral part of their families. Absolute Pets has a complementary brand positioning, a well-established market presence, and is led by a strong management team. The acquisition of Absolute Pets will accelerate Woolworths’ pet strategy by bringing together two strategically aligned businesses and positioning the Woolworths group well to become the end-to-end pet care destination of choice, in South Africa.
The existing Absolute Pets management team will continue to lead and operate the business under the Absolute Pets brand, with the full benefit and support that being part of the Woolworths group provides.
The conclusion of the transaction is subject to the fulfilment of both regulatory and commercial suspensive conditions customary of a transaction of this nature, including competition authority approval
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