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Shoprite to sell Nigerian unit to local property firm Persianas

Amount to be paid for the deal not yet clear.
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Shoprite plans to sell its Nigerian division to a local property group, as Africa’s largest food retailer pulls back from the continent’s most populous country.

The deal for Persianas Group Ltd. to buy the unit is subject to regulatory approval, Cape Town-based Shoprite said in a statement Thursday, confirming earlier reports. While the asset has been valued by the seller at 30 billion naira ($73 million), it’s not yet clear how much Persianas has agreed to pay, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Persianas didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment and a call to the company didn’t connect.

Shoprite, the owner of South African supermarket chains such as Checkers and U-Save, said last year it planned to exit Nigeria after 15 years operating in the country. The company has struggled with supply-chain disruptions and repatriating funds — both familiar problems to foreign businesses to have targeted the market.

Over the past decade, South African retailers Woolworths, Truworths International and Mr Price Group have all opted to walk away from Nigeria. Even wireless carrier MTN, which has built its Nigeria business into the company’s largest and most profitable and listed it in Lagos, has been caught up in various crises, especially with regulators.

Shoprite has said it will redouble efforts on increasing its dominance over the South Africa grocery sector, where it is by far the market leader.

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The message is clear. One cannot do business in that jurisdiction as there is no rule of law. A shame-200 million people-nearly 2/3 of the population of the USA but the USA has a GDP FIFTY times larger.

WHY? Innovation, democracy, education and rule of law.

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