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36.6 and A5 drugstore chains: possible merger


36.6 and A5, the top-5 Russian drugstore chains, may be close to merger. In this case 36,6 network may issue additional shares for $300 mln. The merged company will control 25% of the Moscow market, Kommersant newspaper reported.

According to Sergey Solodov, one of A5’s shareholders, the negotiations are in the early stage, but the agreement of intent can be signed in the near future.
The possible merger of the chains has been discussed since the end of 2012 and was intended with X5 Retail Group («Pyaterochka», «Perekrestok», «Karusel» chains) which had an option to acquire up to 100% of the network until the end of January 2013. However X5 Retail Group refused from the option.

Source: pharmvestnik.ru

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