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07-06-2018 10:32:24

ACQUISITION OF U.N. RO-RO COMPLETED

COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENT

 

  • Closing completed earlier than expected

  • Integration to start immediately

  • Integration process expected to be completed by end of the year

  • New Mediterranean business unit established

DFDS has today closed the acquisition of 98.8% of U.N. Ro-Ro, Turkey's largest operator of freight ferry routes connecting Europe and Turkey.

"We are now ready to start the integration of U.N. Ro-Ro after having closed the transaction earlier than expected. The integration plan has been developed and completed in co-operation with our new colleagues. This collaboration has confirmed our excitement and belief in joining our networks to provide new opportunities for, not least, customers and employees", says Niels Smedegaard, CEO of DFDS.

The acquisition expands DFDS' route network to include the fast growing transport market between Turkey and EU. U.N. Ro-Ro's business model of carrying un-accompanied freight units, mainly trailers, on freight ferries (ro-ro) between Turkey and EU is identical to DFDS' North Sea business model.

U.N. Ro-Ro operates five freight ferry routes connecting Turkey with Italy and France facilitating trade between Turkey and EU. The routes deploy 12 owned freight ferries and two port terminals are owned and operated, in respectively Istanbul and Trieste. Intermodal solutions in Europe are also provided to customers. For 2018, revenue of EUR 240m and EBITDA of EUR 97m are expected. The company has 650 employees.

Approvals granted

The transaction was subject to approval by the Turkish, Austrian and German competition authorities as well as Italian authorities in relation to the transfer of the

Trieste terminal as a strategic asset. All approvals have been granted.

Management and integration

U.N. Ro-Ro is managed by a very competent and experienced management team that will continue to manage operations under the leadership of Selçuk Boztepe, CEO of U.N. Ro-Ro and henceforth Head of a new Mediterranean business unit.

An integration plan to extract synergies and align the two organisations has been completed and the integration process starts today. The plan includes three key focus areas with a total of 18 workstreams:

  • Commercial: Sales and customers, development of transport solutions for joint network, branding

  • Platforms: IT and digital, port terminals and marine standards

  • Support: Finance, procurement and HR

  • The integration is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

    The integration will, in addition, establish a platform to develop and pursue business development opportunities. Synergies are also expected from the enhanced fleet allocation flexibility due to a larger combined fleet.

    Integration costs will be reported in the income statement as Special items as they are incurred.

    Reporting and business unit structure

    U.N. Ro-Ro will be consolidated in the DFDS Group as per today.

    A new business unit named 'Mediterranean' will be established comprising all Mediterranean ferry activities, including the existing route between Marseille and Tunis.

    The existing business unit France & Mediterranean will thus be discontinued and the other route of this business unit between Newhaven and Dieppe will be transferred to the Channel business unit.

    New comparison figures for the affected business units will be released in advance of the Q2 report scheduled for release on 16 August 2018.  

    Contact

    Niels Smedegaard, CEO +45 33 42 34 00

    Torben Carlsen, CFO +45 33 42 32 01

    Søren Brøndholt Nielsen, IR +45 33 42 33 59

    Gert Jacobsen, Communications +45 33 42 32 97

    This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5 -12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

    UK_OMX_NO_44_07_06_2018_UN-RORO


    This announcement is distributed by Nasdaq Corporate Solutions on behalf of Nasdaq Corporate Solutions clients.

    The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.

    Source: DFDS A/S via Globenewswire

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