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Axis Capital bullish on Shoppers Stop shares after Amazon deal

After the American e-commerce giant bought a 5% stake in the company, Axis Capital sees a lot of steam in Shoppers Stop shares. They maintained a buy call on Shoppers Stop, and revised the target price to Rs 550, from the target price of Rs 450, an upward revision of more than 22%, as the research and brokerage firm believes that the 5% stake sale to will reduce debt by more than Rs 180 crore. On Monday morning, Shoppers Stop shares surged by more than 15% and were trading at Rs 482.7.  So far in this year, the shares have returned more than 44%. Govind Shrikhande said yesterday, according to PTI reports.

Partnership with e-commerce major Amazon would help Shoppers Stop tap customers from non-metro markets and scale up its financial performance, the domestic brand’s managing director.

The US-based retailer Amazon through its arm is buying around 5 percent stake in Shoppers Stop for Rs 179.26 crore as part of their partnership deal, which would allow Shoppers Stop access online market. “If I am able to drive my online sales growth and brick & mortar sales growth at much higher pace, it will directly help financial numbers,” PTI reported Associate & Managing Director Govind Shrikhande as saying. “We would collaborate and get our entire catalogue of products on, what it really means that we are giving our power of assortment and catalogue to and in return we would actually get the massive reach of customers because they have a tremendous reach of multiple customers in multiple cities, while our presence is smaller cities tier II & III is very weak,” he added.

According to the joint statement issued by the firms yesterday, Amazon Experience Centers will be created across the network of 80 Shoppers Stop stores to bring in the touch and feel aspect on assortment. In FY2016-17, Shoppers Stop had a revenue of Rs 3,648.04 crore and had posted a net loss of Rs 19.94 crore.



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