The deal, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020, is the latest step in DP World's vision to build end-to-end logistics capability to serve the needs of shipping lines and cargo owners. The acquisition of Feedertech will expand the company's feedering and short-sea product offering to multiple geographies.
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said Feedertech has a strong reputation as a reliable and independent feeder and regional short-sea operator, and the group is delighted to add this important asset to its expanding portfolio.
"The acquisition of a stake in the Feedertech Group is another strategic step in our vision to build an end-to-end logistics capability and offer an integrated service suite that also engages end-customers and traders, while optimising operations," he said.
Established in 2003 and based in Singapore, Feedertech operates two businesses: Feedertech, which is an independent feedering service, and Perma, a regional short-sea network. Both operate in the same market and connect the fast-growing trade route of Asia to the Middle East via the Indian subcontinent. Feedertech group calls at 50 ports, generating a combined revenue of around $200 million from a diverse customer mix and transporting more than 600k TEUs annually.
"Furthermore, the acquisition offers us exposure to the fast-growing coastal short-sea trade in the Indian subcontinent, which is highly complementary to our existing India logistics strategy. The next and imminent stage of this development will be to launch a dedicated and efficient India-Gulf region service, which is an important route for our customers," bin Sulayem said.
Ali Maghami, founder and chairman, Feedertech, said Feedertech has enjoyed great success over the years and "we are proud of our achievements, but we believe the transaction with Unifeeder with the support of DP World", will allow us to take the business to the next stage of its growth.
"Both Feedertech and Unifeeder share similar business models and a desire to reduce inefficiencies, and by combining the expertise of the two entities, we believe we can deliver a high-quality product for our customers. Furthermore, being part of the DP World family, will allow us to benefit from the Group's deep relationship with end-customers and wide global network. We look forward to a prosperous future together," he said.
Acquired by DP World in 2018, Unifeeder, is an integrated logistics company with the largest and best-connected feeder and growing shortsea network in Northern Europe with connectivity to approximately 100 ports. Through Feedertech and Perma, Unifeeder will have the capability to offer feedering and regional shortsea connectivity in Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa and now Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. DP World aims to preserve the common-user independent platform, while increasing efficiency to offer a more complete logistics solution to all its customers.
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