Coles’ capital structure key to Wesfarmers demerger success

Original article by Sue Mitchell
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 & 32 : 20-Mar-18

Wesfarmers will retain a shareholding of up to 20 per cent in Coles and a seat on its board if the proposed demerger proceeds. David Errington from Bank of America Merrill Lynch does not endorse this idea, saying it would be better for Coles long-term if it has an independent board and share register. Investors and analysts are of the view that the potential for Coles to succeed once the demerger is completed will depend largely on its balance sheet and capital structure.

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WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, COLES SUPERMARKETS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, BANK OF AMERICA AUSTRALIA LIMITED, MERRILL LYNCH (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, KKR AND COMPANY LP, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, PARADICE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, AIRLIE FUNDS MANAGEMENT PTY LTD

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