Deutsche Submit DHL Group pronounces intent to amass J.F. Hillenbrand Group

International logistics companies supplier Deutsche Submit DHL Group (DPDHL) stated this week it has inked an settlement to amass Mainz, Germany-based international ocean freight forwarding companies supplier J.F. Hillebrand Group and its associated subsidiaries for roughly $1.5 billion (EUR).

Established in 1844, J.F. Hillenbrand is a world service supplier, specializing in ocean freight forwarding, transport, and logistics for drinks, non-hazardous, bulk liquids, and different merchandise requiring particular care. DHL stated that over the past 12 months, J.F. Hillenbrand generated income of round $1.4 billion (EUR), will ship roughly 500,00 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equal Items) in 2021, and has greater than 2,700 international staff. DHL stated that this transaction is topic to merger management clearance in sure jurisdictions, inter alia the EU and the U.S., with clearances anticipated within the coming months. DPDHL intends to fund the acquisition with accessible money.

DPDHL added that this marks the corporate’s largest acquisition going again to 2005, when it acquired international air freight, ocean freight and contract logistics companies supplier Exel, which was subsequently renamed as DHL Provide Chain. And it added that the strategic mixture of J.F. Hillenbrand with DHLs International Forwarding, Freight division will increase its dynamic ocean freight forwarding presence, explaining {that a} concentrate on core logistics is a giant part of its Group Technique 2025 efforts.

“With the rising maturity of our freight forwarding enterprise, this bolt-on acquisition of Hillebrand is extremely complementary to our current portfolio,” stated Frank Appel, CEO Deutsche Submit DHL Group, in an announcement “In keeping with our Group Technique, we strengthen our core logistics enterprise and ship worthwhile long-term progress. Utilizing our monetary energy, we’re capable of pursue high quality investments whereas reinforcing our unchanged dedication to ship on investor return expectations.”

Tim Scharwath, CEO, DHL International Forwarding, instructed LM there have been numerous drivers that factored into this acquisition.

“Whereas we’re unable to supply any particulars of the negotiations with Hillebrand, we are able to affirm that the expansion and robust efficiency of our DHL International Forwarding lately has prompted us to assessment bolt-on acquisition alternatives that might additional strengthen our market place,” he stated. “Hillebrand proved an amazing match and can generate wholesome margins in a fast-growing enterprise. It’s a international service supplier specialised in ocean freight forwarding, transport, logistics and provide chain administration of drinks, non-hazardous bulk liquids and different merchandise that require particular care. It has a very international footprint with a presence in over 90 nations and greater than 2,700 staff masking main world commerce lanes. For DHL, it affords enticing publicity to the fast-growing bulk liquid and adjoining commodities markets. Moreover, it’ll add substantial ocean freight volumes to our community, which can strengthen our market place and supply scope to optimize procurement.”

As for what bringing J.F. Hillenbrand into the fold means for DHL’s clients, Scharwath defined that Hillebrand has an providing that’s extremely complementary to the DHL International Forwarding enterprise.

“It offers specialised capabilities that may improve our portfolio and supply our clients, notably within the alcoholic beverage, meals and bulk liquid segments, with extra value-added companies,” he stated. “It should present entry to flexitanks (used within the transportation of liquids) out there, which our group evaluates as the best high quality out there. Importantly, Hillebrand has a best-in-class IT platform which shall be an excellent match with our myDHLi suite of instruments and our total digitalization agenda, which is concentrated on simplifying and optimizing our clients’ transport processes.”

When requested to determine the largest aggressive benefits of this deal from a DPDHL perspective, Scharwath noticed that the acquisition strengthens its place within the ocean freight market and likewise within the specialised bulk liquid phase and adjoining areas akin to liquid meals and prescription drugs, that are on a optimistic progress trajectory.    

“DHL International Forwarding already has a robust presence in specialised alcohol supply, for instance, with its Gori wine and spirits enterprise,” he stated. “Hillebrand will add companies that DHL International Forwarding / Gori right this moment would not have and enhance volumes on a number of commerce lanes. The footprints of the businesses are complementary, which can open up new alternatives and unlock worth for patrons of each firms whereas creating topline synergies from cross-selling.”

Cees van Gent, CEO and Chairman of the Government Board J.F. Hillebrand Group, stated in an announcement that the paring of J.F. Hillenbrand and DPDHL is an ideal match.

“Hillebrand is a number one ocean freight forwarder specialised in transport, logistics and provide chain administration of drinks, non-hazardous bulk liquids and different merchandise that require particular care,” stated van Gent. “Deutsche Submit DHL Group is a serious international logistics firm—the 2 firms are an ideal match and we’re happy to announce our settlement to unite and kind a future collectively. I’m pleased with what the Hillebrand groups in true collaboration with our loyal clients and distributors have constructed over our 177-year historical past and we now stay up for becoming a member of forces with Deutsche Submit DHL Group.”

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