Sunday, April 3, 2016

Acquisition of UTi Worldwide: major customers stay with the group

According to the Bloomberg agency, acquisition of the BVI company UTi Worldwide Inc. by DSV A/S, worth US$1.35 billion, which was announced in October and completed in the beginning of 2016, has become successful, as far as 100 major clients of the purchased company committed to the combined group. By words of SEB analyst Lars Heindorff, it is very important for DSV, as their strategy is to keep the front office operations unchanged to limit the loss of customers.

DSV CEO Jens Bjoern Andersen said that feedback from UTi’s biggest customers “has been very good, but we also know that they expect us to deliver. We have met with them to present our case and told them, in all modesty, that we believe the new combined company will be able to provide them with a better service.”

DSV has become the world’s fourth-largest freight forwarder, after buying more than 30 companies, and UTi was the biggest transaction since DSV took over ABX Logistics Worldwide SA in 2008, for US$850 million. Danish company expects the deal to yield synergies of US$230 million within 3 years, integration costs will be the same.