£750m sale of Asda's petrol stations to EG Group collapses

The sale of petrol forecourts operated by Asda to the EG Group has been terminated.

Asda was due to sell 320 to the EG Group for £750m but statements from the firms today confirmed this transaction was being cancelled.

The move is complicated by the fact that both Asda and EG are owned by the Issa brothers who completed a multi-billion pound takeover of the supermarket earlier this year.

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The termination of the agreement has taken place apparently after both parties gained access to commercial information surrounding the deal.

Asda will now retain the petrol forecourts business and the associated revenue and earnings they bring.

A statement read: "On 16 June 2021, both the ongoing restrictions imposed under UK Competition Law and the subsequent Competition and Markets Authority “Hold Separate Order” on the acquisition of Asda by TDR Capital and the Issa brothers were lifted.

"This allowed Asda and EG Group’s teams to start sharing commercial information relating to EG’s acquisition of the Asda Forecourt Business which had not been previously possible and has resulted in several changes to the financial evaluation of the proposed Transaction. As a result, EG and Asda have decided they will no longer proceed with the Transaction, and it was terminated as of 18 October 2021.

The Issa brothers who now own Asda.

"Asda remains confident that it will continue to derive synergy benefits from its strategic alliance with EG through key initiatives already underway, including the development of plans to introduce foodservice at Asda locations and the expansion of Asda’s convenience offering, where both companies have confirmed their intention to roll-out the Asda On the Move proposition across EG’s UK forecourts.

"Asda recently announced plans to establish 28 new Asda On the Move convenience stores at EG forecourts this year, with a target of 200 by the end of next year and the ambition to roll out more sites in 2023.

"The forecourts have been an important footfall driver to the business, supported by its position as a price leader in the supermarket fuel sector."

Subject to market conditions, management plans to settle the Forecourts Bridge Facility through a combination of £250m cash on hand and a new issuance of long term senior secured debt of £500m.