AMSTERDAM, December 18, 2015, 22:01 CET – Cnova N.V. (Nasdaq: CNV; Euronext Paris: CNV) (“Cnova”) today announced that its Board of Directors has engaged legal advisors and external forensic accountants to perform a review of issues in connection with employee misconduct related to inventory management. The issues identified primarily involve the handling of product returns and damaged product inventory at distribution centers of Cnova’s Brazilian subsidiary, Cnova Comércio Eletrônico S.A. (Cnova Brazil). The investigation will also assess any accounting and financial statement impact of the conduct under review. Cnova’s Board and its Audit Committee will liaise as appropriate with and benefit from the active support of the Brazilbased Audit Committee of Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição (CBD), Cnova’s Brazilian controlling shareholder. The investigation is ongoing and, at this stage, it is still too early to foresee when it will be completed or what actions, if any, may be taken by Cnova and its affiliates.
About Cnova N.V.
Cnova N.V., one of the world’s largest e-Commerce companies, serves 15 million active customers via state-of-the-art e-tail websites: Cdiscount in France, Brazil, Colombia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Belgium; Extra.com.br, Pontofrio.com and Casasbahia.com.br in Brazil. Cnova N.V.’s product offering of close to 26 million items provides its clients with a wide variety of very competitively priced goods, several fast and customer-convenient delivery options as well as practical payment solutions. Cnova N.V. is part of Groupe Casino, a global diversified retailer. Cnova N.V.’s news releases are available at https://www.cnova.com/investor-relations/. Information available on, or accessible through, the sites referenced above is not part of this press release.
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