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Panalpina in talks with Agility as DSV ups its offer

SWISS forwarding company Panalpina confirmed that it is 'in discussions with Agility Group on potential strategic opportunities with regard to their respective logistics businesses'

Panalpina in talks with Agility as DSV ups its offer

SWISS forwarding company Panalpina confirmed that it is 'in discussions with Agility Group on potential strategic opportunities with regard to their respective logistics businesses'

17 February 2019 - 19:00

SWISS forwarding company Panalpina confirmed that it is 'in discussions with Agility Group on potential strategic opportunities with regard to their respective logistics businesses'.

Kuwait-based Agility also confirmed that it 'is in early discussions with Panalpina about partnership opportunities between the logistics businesses of the two companies', adding, 'no agreement has yet been reached and there are no guarantees that an agreement will be reached'.



At the same time, the Danish company DSV revealed that it had sweetened an offer for Panalpina earlier this month following the rejection of DSV's earlier offer by Panalpina's largest shareholder.



DSV in January offered to acquire Panalpina with a mix of cash and shares with a value of about US$4 billion. But in early February, the Ernst Gohner Foundation, Panalpina's largest shareholder representing approximately 46 per cent of the total share capital, informed Panalpina's board of directors that it did not support the non-binding proposal from DSV and that it supported Panalpina's board of directors in pursuing an independent growth strategy that would include mergers and acquisitions.



DSV revealed last Friday that it has since improved its offer, offering CHF180 (US$179) for each Panalpina share or about CHF4.27 billion or about $4.25 billion.



DSV said the 'revised indicative and contingent all-cash offer' was made 'in response to feedback received from Panalpina and included eg certain commitments to be specified towards Panalpina's employees and the Panalpina heritage.'



Evan Armstrong, a leading third-party logistics industry consultant and analyst, said, 'odds are the Ernst Gohner Foundation will probably reject the DSV offer again, even though it makes very good strategic sense'.



Armstrong and Associates' list of the largest 3PLs, based on 2017 revenue, ranked DSV as the sixth largest, Panalpina as the 16th largest and Agility as the 26th largest, reports American Shipper.



Agility is a big player in Kuwait, the Middle East, Nigeria and a number of developing countries and has 'pretty good coverage in Southeast Asia', said Mr Armstrong. But he said, 'strategically I don't think the combined organisation would be as strong as a DSV-Panalpina combination.



'Panalpina is a very large 3PL, but they do have deficits. They have some issues around IT and they have some issues around selling integrated solutions, and I think the DSV culture and IT platform could definitely help them,' Mr Armstrong said.


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