Ocado launches $642 million bond difficulty to fund robotic warehouse offers


LONDON (Information) – British on-line grocer and know-how firm Ocado has launched a 500 million kilos ($642 million) convertible bond providing, partly to fund the development of robotic warehouses for its abroad companions, it mentioned on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: A person walks from the primary reception of the Ocado CFC (Buyer Fulfilment Centre) in Andover, Britain Could 1, 2018. Information/Peter Nicholls

Whereas Ocado’s retail enterprise has solely a 1.four% share of Britain’s grocery market, its state-of-the-art know-how has enabled it to win partnership offers with grocery store teams world wide, together with Kroger in america, On line casino in France and most lately Aeon in Japan.

These offers have powered the group’s 9.three billion pound inventory market valuation, up 68% this yr.

Ocado shares have been, nevertheless, down 5.2% at 0836 GMT, because the bonds might be transformed into shares.

The assured senior unsecured convertible bonds, due 2025, are anticipated to hold a coupon of between zero.75% and 1.25% every year and have a conversion worth premium of 40%-45%.

“The providing permits Ocado Group to diversify its funding sources and capitalize on enticing issuance circumstances,” Ocado mentioned.

The group additionally mentioned that Ocado Retail’s income development was anticipated to be 10% to 11% within the 13 weeks to Dec. 1, its fiscal fourth quarter, with development in orders together with these for Ocado Zoom, its extremely quick supply service, barely increased than retail income development. Third quarter income development was 11.four%.

A fourth quarter buying and selling replace is scheduled for Dec. 12.

In February, Ocado and Marks & Spencer agreed a 1.5-billion-pound three way partnership, signaling the top of Ocado’s lengthy working provide contract with upmarket grocery store chain Waitrose in September 2020.

Goldman Sachs Worldwide and JP Morgan Cazenove are performing as joint bookrunners for the bond sale.

($1 = zero.7794 kilos)

Reporting by James Davey; modifying by Kate Holton and Emelia Sithole-Matarise