BEIJING, July 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via SEAPRWire.com) — Missfresh Limited (“Missfresh” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: MF), an innovator and leader in China’s neighborhood retail industry, today announced it has formed a strategic partnership with Shanxi Donghui Group (“Shanxi Donghui”), a multinational conglomerate with diversified businesses including energy, nonferrous metals, cultural tourism and modern agriculture. Pursuant to the strategic investment agreement dated as of July 14, 2022 (the “Agreement”), Shanxi Donghui will make an RMB200 million equity investment in Missfresh.
Through the strategic partnership, Missfresh and Shanxi Donghui will exchange resources and best practices relating to agriculture operations and sales and marketing to strategically cooperate on a range of initiatives around the agriculture supply chain including agricultural branding, contract farming and supply chain management.
Pursuant to the Agreement, Shanxi Donghui or its designated affiliate will subscribe for 298,507,463 Class B ordinary shares of the Company in the amount of the US$ equivalence of RMB200 million, subject to the satisfaction of the closing condition that Shanxi Donghui or its designated affiliate completes all necessary registrations and obtains all required governmental approvals in China for its overseas direct investment in the Company in the twelve months following the signing date of the Agreement.
Upon the closing, Shanxi Donghui will have the right to designate two directors for nomination and election to the Company’s board of directors.
“We are excited to welcome Shanxi Donghui as our strategic investor and distinguished partner,” said Mr. Zheng Xu, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. “This partnership will help us advance our fresh food supply chain capabilities and provide a superior grocery shopping experience for consumers in China. Furthermore, the investment is a meaningful source of capital to fund our business development. We look forward to working closely with Shanxi Donghui to cultivate high-quality agricultural brands and pursue excellence in supply chain management within the farming sector and a seamless experience for our customers.”
Incorporated in 2005, Shanxi Donghui is a multinational conglomerate operating in diversified industries, including energy, nonferrous metals, cultural tourism and modern agriculture. Shanxi Donghui currently owns multiple wholly-owned subsidiaries in Shanxi province, Beijing, Jiangsu province, Yunnan province and Hainan province, as well as in Queensland, Australia.
About Missfresh Limited
Missfresh Limited is an innovator and leader in China’s neighborhood retail industry. The Company invented the Distributed Mini Warehouse (DMW) model to operate an integrated online-and-offline on-demand retail business focusing on offering fresh produce and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs). Through the “Missfresh” mobile application and Mini Program embedded in third-party social platforms, consumers can easily purchase quality groceries at their fingertips and have the finest products delivered to their doorstep in 37 minutes, on average.
Leveraging its core capabilities, Missfresh launched an intelligent fresh market business in the second half of 2020. This innovative business model is dedicated to standardizing and transforming fresh markets into smart fresh malls. Missfresh has also built up a full stack of proprietary technologies that empower a wide range of participants in the neighborhood retail business, such as supermarkets, fresh markets and local retailers, to jumpstart and efficiently operate their business digitally.
For more information, please visit: http://ir.missfresh.cn.
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