Triton completes sale of Suomen Lähikauppa to Kesko


Helsinki (Finland), 13 April 2015 - Funds advised by Triton ("Triton") closed the sale of Suomen Lähikauppa, a leading Finnish grocery retailer, to Kesko Food Ltd (“Kesko”), a subsidiary of a leading Finnish trading sector company Kesko corporation. The transaction price of the debt-free acquisition, structured as a share purchase, is approximately €60 million.

About Suomen Lähikauppa

Suomen Lähikauppa concentrates on neighbourhood services. We take care of the needs of residents in the neighbourhood, we bring together services and provide a good service experience - readily, conveniently and fast. Suomen Lähikauppa has two nationwide store chains: Siwa and Valintatalo. The network of Siwa stores is Finland's most comprehensive.

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About Kesko
Kesko is a Finnish listed trading sector company. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the home improvement and speciality goods trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. In 2014, Kesko's net sales totalled €9.1 billion and it employed nearly 20,000 people. Kesko has over 1,500 stores engaged in chain operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus. Kesko's shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company's domicile and main premises are in Helsinki. Kesko is the fifth most sustainable company in the world (The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World).

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About Triton

The Triton funds invest in and support the positive development of medium-sized businesses headquartered in Northern Europe - with a focus on Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the four Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Within this European region, Triton focuses on businesses in the Industrial, Business Services and Consumer/Health sectors. Triton seeks to contribute to the building of better businesses for the longer term. Triton and its executives wish to be agents of positive change towards sustainable operational improvements and growth. The 28 companies currently in Triton's portfolio have combined sales of over €13.3 billion and over 59,000 employees. The Triton funds are advised by dedicated teams of investment professionals based in Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg and Jersey.

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