UPDATE 2-Chile Cencosud holders approve $1.5 bln capital increase

Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:35am EST

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SANTIAGO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Chilean retailer Cencosud's shareholders on Tuesday approved a $1.5 billion capital increase destined for the purchase of French retailer Carrefour's Colombian assets.

Cencosud , which listed on the New York Stock Exchange in June, had said it aimed to issue part of the capital increase via American Depositary Receipts, or ADRs.

Chairman Horst Paulmann, head of the Chilean billionaire Paulmann family, told shareholders on Tuesday that the family will exercise their preferential option to subscribe to the capital increase. The family owns about 62 percent of Cencosud.

The capital increase is scheduled for late December and early January.

Cencosud also plans to issue around $1 billion in bonds on the U.S. market next week to help fund the $2.6 billion acquisition in Colombia, which will be the biggest purchase by a Chilean firm abroad to date.

The Carrefour deal will give Cencosud 72 hypermarkets, which combine grocery and department stores; 16 convenience stores; and 4 cash-and-carry stores in Colombia, adding to the some 900 stores and 26 commercial centers it already operates in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru.

With its expanded business, Cencosud expects sales of around $24 billion next year, Paulmann said. The Chilean company had forecast sales of around $18 billion this year.

Earlier on Tuesday, Cencosud reported that its third-quarter net profit jumped 24.3 percent on the year to 66.499 billion pesos ($141.3 million), while revenue rose 18 percent to 2.202 trillion pesos.

Cencosud said the revenue increase was due chiefly to the consolidation of Brazilian supermarket chain Prezunic and Chilean department store chain Johnson's, double-digit gains in same-store sales in Argentina and the opening of 76 new stores.

The retailer's bottom line also benefited from the first full quarter of operation of South America's largest mall, Chile's Costanera Center.

In morning trade, Cencosud's shares rose 3.09 percent, while the blue-chip IPSA index was flat.

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