UPS Reaches Agreement On Cash Offer To Purchase TNT Express


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UPS Reaches Agreement On Cash Offer To Purchase TNT Express

By Jim Douglas

March 19, 2012 - United Parcel Service, Inc. and TNT Express N.V. today jointly announce that they have reached agreement on a recommended all-cash public offer of EUR 9.50 per ordinary share by UPS for TNT Express (the "Offer"). TNT Express' Executive and Supervisory Boards unanimously intend to support and recommend the Offer. 

The offer price of EUR 9.50 (including any dividend or other distribution other than the financial year 2011 final dividend payment not exceeding EUR 0.004 per share) represents a 53.7% premium to TNT Express' unaffected share price on February 16, 2012 of EUR 6.18, the day before TNT Express and UPS announced their ongoing discussions. The Offer values the issued and outstanding share capital of TNT Express at EUR 5.16 billion ($6.77 billion). 

The combination of UPS and TNT Express will create a global leader in the logistics industry, with annual revenues of more than EUR 45 billion ($60 billion1) and will deliver significant benefits for the shareowners, customers, employees and other stakeholders of both companies. 

Together, UPS and TNT Express will offer customers an enhanced, integrated global network that will provide greatly enhanced service to customers throughout the world. In addition, the two companies are a strong cultural fit given their intense focus on customer service, operational excellence, employee engagement and good corporate citizenship.

The proposed transaction will accelerate UPS's growth strategy and increase its geographic diversity and ability to provide customers comprehensive solutions. UPS currently estimates annual run-rate pre-tax cost synergies of approximately EUR 400 to EUR 550 million ($525 to $725 million1) a year, achieved by the end of the fourth year after closing. UPS believes that the cumulative pre-tax implementation costs related to achieving these synergies will be approximately EUR 1 billion ($1.31 billion1) over the four-year integration period. 

UPS and TNT Express believe this transaction will significantly enhance their ability to serve their customers' complex global logistics needs. Following the transaction, around 36% of the combined group's revenues will be generated outside the United States, up from 26% today at UPS.

The combination underlines UPS's long-standing commitment to Europe, where it has maintained a presence since 1976, by strengthening its product capabilities through the addition of TNT Express' leading Intra-Europe road freight network. The combination also enhances UPS's existing position in fast growing regions such as Asia-Pacific and Latin America. 


Service lies at the heart of this proposed transaction. With a combined network and enhanced IT platforms, customers will have access to deeper product capabilities and broader reach through the expanded geographies served, giving them more choice and flexibility to support the growth and globalization of their businesses. The combination also will offer employees greater opportunities to be part of a global, growing and respected business. 

"With this combination, both UPS and TNT Express will significantly enhance their ability to serve our combined customers' complex global logistics needs. The additional capabilities and broadened global footprint will support the growth and globalization of our customers' businesses. At the same time, this positions us for future growth, which will benefit our employees and shareowners," said Scott Davis, UPS Chairman and CEO. 

"This combination will significantly enhance the capabilities of two strong companies. I am convinced that together we will be the supplier and employer of choice in the express delivery industry. Our customers will greatly benefit from our enhanced combined service offerings. To my 77,000 colleagues I say that the combination will create unique opportunities for development and growth in which we can participate," said Marie-Christine Lombard, TNT Express CEO. 


After careful consideration of all of TNT Express' strategic alternatives, the Executive and Supervisory Boards of TNT Express believe this transaction is in the best interests of the company and its stakeholders and intend to support and unanimously recommend the Offer for acceptance to TNT Express' shareholders. Goldman Sachs International has issued a fairness opinion to the Supervisory and Executive Boards of TNT Express and Lazard B.V. has issued a fairness opinion to the Supervisory Board, in each case to the effect that, as of today, the offer price is fair to the TNT Express shareholders from a financial point of view.

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