In a series of strategic acquisitions, Frasers Group has recently broadened its portfolio with an 8.9% stake in electronics retailer Currys, as well as a 5% stake in online fashion giant Boohoo. This move solidifies Frasers’ position as a dominant force in the retail landscape.
Expanding on its business blueprint, Frasers emphasised its growth strategy heavily relies on strategic investments. The group’s interest in Boohoo has been piqued, seeing it as a lucrative venture that can harmonise well with its existing fashion brands such as Missguided and I Saw It First.
Currys is the latest addition to Frasers’ electronics portfolio, following its recent association with AO.com. Just last week, Frasers announced a “strategic partnership” with the online electricals retailer, acquiring an initial 18.9% stake for a total of £75m, which subsequently rose to 21.3%.
AO.com confirmed that this strategic alliance is the result of two years of discussions and careful negotiations between the companies.
Frasers Group released a statement on the London Stock Exchange, underlining its continued ambition in the retail sector. “We are committed to supporting attractive retail companies under Michael Murray’s leadership,” it read. “Our strategy targets opportunities to invest in businesses that augment our existing sports, premium and luxury enterprises or aid us in expanding and capitalising on our industry-leading ecosystem.”
Boohoo’s strong appeal to young female consumers was particularly enticing to Frasers Group. The group envisions potential synergies and the possibility to bolster their own brand appeal through a collaboration with Boohoo, especially with fellow Frasers Group brands I Saw It First and Missguided.