21 Januari 2016

[210116.EN.BIZ] UTi Shareholders Approve DSV Merger Deal, Paving Way For US$1.35bn Acquisition

DSV'S proposed US$1.35 billion acquisition of US forwarding and logistics group, UTi Worldwide, has been approved by UTi shareholders, after they voted overwhelmingly in favour of adopting the previously announced merger agreement.

Although the closing of the transaction is still subject to regulatory approval from competition authorities in South Africa, "as well as satisfaction of other customary closing conditions," these are not expected to present a problem, reported Lloyd's List.

"We still expect closing in Q1 2016, as previously announced," said DSV.

Copenhagen-based group, DSV, announced last October that it had signed an agreement to acquire UTi Worldwide, claiming that the addition of UTi would add 50 per cent to the European forwarding and logistics group's annual revenue and scale and turn it into a significant global player.

In the 12 months ending July 31, 2015, California-headquartered UTi achieved consolidated revenues of $3.9 billion and an adjusted EBITDA loss of $6 million. It has struggled financially in recent years and has been undergoing restructuring to turn around recent loss-making performances.

The two companies' combined 2014 revenue amounts to $13 billion and the combined workforce will grow to 44,000 people in 84 countries, 848 offices and 339 logistics facilities. UTI itself has 21,000 employees in 58 countries.

"The Air & Sea Division will be significantly strengthened, and DSV will increase its industry specific capabilities across all divisions," DSV said. "Furthermore, DSV will now be truly global within contract logistics and expand into road freight activities outside Europe."

Source : HKSG.

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