Change in ownership structure at ODEL
An announcement to the Colombo Stock Exchange said the transaction
would be followed by a mandatory offer to minority shareholders and a 1
for 1 Rights Issue that will raise Rs 2.899 billion in capital for
expansion of the 22 year old fashion retail brand.
Parkson has entered in to a Share Sale and Purchase Agreement with
the controlling shareholders of ODEL,the company’s founder and CEO Otara
Gunewardene and her brothers Ajit and Ruchi Gunewardene to acquire
60,625,000 shares of ODEL, representing 27.88 percent, 13.6 percent and
0.34 percent respectively of the issued share capital of the company at
Rs 23.50 per share, the announcement said.
Otara Gunewardene and ODEL’s flagship store at Alexandra Place.
Following the acquisition, Gunewardene will retain a 27.88 percent
stake in ODEL PLC and will continue to be the company’s CEO, a spokesman
for ODEL disclosed.
The directors of ODEL PLC have resolved, subject to regulatory and
shareholder approval, to undertake a Rights Issue of One (1) ordinary
share for every one (1) ordinary share held at a price of Rs 20/- per
share after the completion of the mandatory offer. The total number of
shares to be issued is 144,950,000 ordinary shares, doubling the number
of shares in issue post rights to 289,900,000 ordinary shares. Parkson
and Ms Gunewardene, Ajit Gunewardene and Ruchi Gunewardene have
committed to take up their full entitlement of shares in the Rights
The principal shareholders have also undertaken not to accept the
mandatory offer that will be triggered by the transaction.The proceeds
of the Rights Issue amounting to Rs. 2.899 billion are to be utilised in
the company’s future investments in retail spaces.
In a statement to media, Gunewardene said: “The acquisition by
Parkson Retail of a significant ownership in ODEL marks a new chapter in
the evolution of the company. Being part of a 22-year journey from a
business I started from the boot of my car to becoming part of an
international retail company is a great privilege. I am also happy to
play a role in an infusion of foreign direct investment to Sri Lanka,
while raising capital for the company’s growth.”
“For our customers, employees and shareholders, this development
represents exciting new prospects as the ODEL brand will have more
opportunities to maximize its potential and together with Parkson to
explore new avenues to add value to the company.”
Listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange in November 2011,
Parkson Retail Asia Limited is a Southeast Asia-based department store
operator with an extensive network of 54 department stores 38 in
Malaysia, eight in Vietnam and eight in Indonesia an aggregate of
approximately 554,000 square metres of retail space. Sales in the last
financial year topped S$ 851.6 million, while profit before tax was S$
51.6 million. The Parkson Retail Group Ltd., listed on the Hong Kong
Stock Exchange operates another 46 owned and six managed stores covering
31 major cities in China with an aggregate of 267,000 square meters of
Acknowledged as Sri Lanka’s definitive upmarket fashion retail brand,
ODEL commenced operations with a single store at Dickman’s Road in 1990
and has grown to 15 stores, including the flagship department store at
Alexandra Place and two new-concept ‘Luv SL’ stores. The company posted
sales of Rs 3.8 billion and profit before tax of Rs 264 million for the
12 months ending March 31, 2012.
In July 2010, ODEL became the first fashion retail business to be
listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange with an IPO of 16.7 million shares,
an 11.52 percent stake in its equity.