Danish logistics group DSV confirmed plans to acquire Switzerland-based Panalpina. The company confirmed an indicative and private proposal to Panalpina’s Board of Directors.
It can be assumed that Panalpina’s shares will rise steeply today after the intended DSV move was made public by the Copenhagen-based company. According to the DSV release, the consideration
consists of 1.58 DSV shares and CHF 55 in cash for each Panalpina share. Based on closing prices as of 11 January 2019, the value of the offer is CHF 170.00 per share (€150.00).
DSV speaks of “unique opportunity”
“We have not yet received a response to our indicative and private proposal from Panalpina’s Board of Directors,” states DSV in a release aired today (16 January).
According to their estimate, combining the businesses of both players would create a “leading global transport and logistics company with significant growth opportunities and potential for value creation.” DSV holds that the intended combination “presents a unique opportunity for both companies and their respective stakeholders including shareholders, employees, customers and suppliers.”
The indicative proposal will provide Panalpina’s shareholders with a premium of 24% to Panalpina’s closing share price of CHF 137.5 as of 11 January 2019 and 31% to the 60-day VWAP of CHF 129.5
as of 11 January 2019, announces DSV.
Intensified struggle for market shares
The release further reads: “The combined business would generate expected revenues of more than DKK 110bn (€14.7 billion) and EBITDA of more than DKK 7bn on a pro-forma 2018 basis (excluding any synergy benefits). The structure of our offer will allow Panalpina’s shareholders to participate in the benefits of the combination.”
DSV has a long and successful track record of partnering with companies, and the combined business will be exceptionally well positioned for future growth.
Should the intended takeover be successful it will shake up the global logistics industry and intensify the struggle for market shares.