Kesko as an investment

1. Strong market position in Finland and other countries

  • Market share in grocery trade in Finland 32.7% (2015, Nielsen)
  • Market share in building and technical trade in Finland around 40% (2015, Finnish Hardware Association DIY), strong market position in Norway, the Baltic countries and St. Petersburg

2. Growth strategy

  • Growth of the grocery trade particularly in Finland
  • Growth of the building and technical trade and expansion in Europe
  • Growth of the car trade particularly in Finland

3. Strong and steady profit and financial position

  • Enables investment in growth and long-term business development
  • Equity ratio 54.7% and gearing -20.0% (2015)

4. Good dividend payment capacity

  • Kesko distributes at least 50% of its comparable earnings per share as dividends, taking into account, however, the company's financial position and operating strategy
  • Dividend paid for 2015, representing 147% of earnings per share excluding non-recurring items, was €2.50 per share and effective dividend yield 7.7% (B share)

5. Recognised responsibility work

  • Kesko is included in several sustainability indices and listings, such as CDP's Climate A List, FTSE4Good, the STOXX Global ESG Leaders indices, and 'The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World' list.
  • the responsibility programme covers all Kesko's divisions and contains both short-term and long-term objectives

6. Competitive advantage with retailer enterprise

  • We combine systematic chain operations and retailer operations based on entrepreneurship
  • Listening to the wishes of local customers, K-retailers build a selection of products and services that meet customer needs
  • In 2015, Kesko had 1,114 K-retailer entrepreneurs as partners
  • In 2015, retailer entrepreneur business model accounted for about half of Kesko's net sales
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