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Major convenience stores in Asia. Spar WHSmith. Major convenience stores in Europe. AH To Go avec. Major convenience stores in North America. In , Penta was restructured into a holding with its mother company in Cyprus.
In the four years that followed, it realised several restructurings and investment transactions in Slovakia. The same year Penta's net asset value reached 2 billion Slovak crowns. In , Penta entered the Czech market with the development of its Dr. In Penta made a major investment into the Hungarian meat industry.
The company was not able to finance its mounting losses and in asked commercial court to allow restructuring. In , Penta decided to diversify its portfolio. Apart from its buyout business, Penta decided to invest in real estate. The first move to this market was Bratislava Digital Park , an exclusive administrative complex, which has won prestigious architecture awards in Slovakia and abroad. In Penta invested into the first real estate project in Prague - Florentinum.
Penta has started the construction of exclusive office space in down town Prague. The company is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange and is a leading distributor of media and entertainment products, clothing, shoes, toys and accessories for children, cosmetics as well as language courses. The Group develops its business model based on own brands and trading concepts, as well as franchised and licensed brands. In Autumn Penta announced the sale of its medical laboratories Alpha Medical.
Over the past five years, the Group acquisition-led growth strategy has seen revenues increase significantly. In this period, Alpha Medical has successfully entered two new countries and has established top five position in all three markets including market leadership in Slovakia and second position in the Czech Republic.
The network reached significant efficiency improvement through central procurement, laboratory centralization and personal cost driving. In Penta completed its first real estate project in the Czech Republic — the Florentinum office building. In December , Penta bought the Slovak subsidiary of Sberbank. Penta's rise is sometimes seen as exemplary for how Czechoslovakia's Communist Nomenklatura and its offspring have been benefitting from the transition to Capitalism and their resulting grip on power in business and politics today.
Penta was a major antagonist in Slovakia's so-called Gorilla scandal from to Seemingly they were recorded by Slovakia's intelligence agency. Penta describes them as fabricated. Following the announcement that Penta was going to take over SME, a leading Slovak daily, its publisher, editor-in-chief and 60 members of the editorial staff collectively announced their resignation citing the Gorilla scandal, concerns regarding journalistic freedom and the imminent loss of their readership's trust.
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