Retail Solutions Addresses International Retail M&A Via Focus On Value Drivers & Commercial Due Diligence

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With the prolonged economic stagnation in the US and Europe, Retail Solutions a leading European retail advisory and consulting provider believes the markets of Eastern Europe and Russia are well positioned for growth in the coming years. Art Vartanian, Managing Director of Retail Solutions commented, “as Western Retailers continue to face challenges in core markets, growth opportunities need to be pursued in non-traditional markets that continue to experience growth. Our team has a proven track record, strong understanding of the retail market, international retail expertise, extensive company contacts and the cross functional expertise that is needed to maximize returns.” Retail Solutions not only provides the traditional Financial Due Diligence components, but more importantly relates industry knowledge to validate assumptions and projections focusing on Commercial Due Diligence.

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A well prepared acquisition target can influence due diligence and strategic fit leading to higher business valuation.

With the prolonged economic stagnation in the US and Europe, Retail Solutions a leading European retail advisory and consulting provider believes the markets of Eastern Europe and Russian are well positioned for growth in the coming years. Investors / retailers have an opportunity to capitalize on many favorable conditions from Russia’s entry into the WTO to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia.

Earlier this year in Moscow, Retail Solutions forecasted its outlook for the Russian Market at Food Business Russia 2012. Managing Partner Art Vartanian along with US Partner Patrick Hopper presented on “M&A - Positioning the Retailer to Drive Shareholder Value.” Mr. Vartanian commented “as Western Retailers continue to face challenges in core markets, growth opportunities need to be pursued in non-traditional markets that continue to experience economic and retail expansion. The markets in which we operate have tremendous upward potential to benefit from implementation of operational efficiencies that create value. Retailers which are forward thinking and recognize the non-visual and back office efficiencies will benefit the most and properly showcase their business to investors.”

“Our firm stresses the importance of Commercial Due Diligence in addition to the traditional Financial Due Diligence. Commercial due diligence considers not only the financial merits of the retail investment, but also the strategic operations and market potential of the target company These are areas other companies simply cannot adequately provide” commented Joseph Suran, Retail Solutions Operational Director.

As western retailers look to gain or strengthen their presence in developing markets, an organization such as Retail Solutions which provides end-to-end retail transaction support is needed. Patrick Hopper, US Partner of Retail Solutions added “A well prepared acquisition target can influence due diligence and strategic fit by understanding the attributes that drive value creation, from operational controls, logistics, transparency, private label development, category management, to effective cash-flow reporting resulting in higher overall valuation.”

Retail Solutions not only provides the traditional Financial Due Diligence components, but more importantly relates industry knowledge to validate assumptions and projections.

In conclusion, Mr. Vartanian added “Unlike a dedicated investment manager, our team has a proven track record, strong understanding of the retail market, international retail expertise, extensive company contacts and the cross functional expertise that is needed to maximize returns. As the retail landscape changes, a proactive approach whether on the sell side or buy side creates consistent reliable value for all.”

ABOUT US:
RETAIL SOLUTIONS was founded in 2002 to provide professional advisory and consulting services for retail companies and banks, funds, private equity parties that invest in retail. Services are targeted to chain store retailers and retail investors categorized into four general categories; Big Picture Retail, Retail Operations, Financial and Partnering. Retail Solutions primarily operates in Russia, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, USA with partnerships in Armenia and Romania.

For more information http://www.retailsol.com or http://www.retailsolutions.com.ru

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