Dubai, United Arab Emirates,
04
December
2019
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09:01
Europe/Amsterdam

DP World Acquires Leading Marine Logistics Provider

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World
Feedertech has a strong reputation as a reliable and independent feeder and regional shortsea operator, and we are delighted to add this important asset to our expanding portfolio.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World

Unifeeder, a 100% owned subsidiary of DP World PLC, has announced the acquisition of a 77% stake in the Feedertech Group. The deal, which is expected to close in Q1/2020, is the latest step in DP World’s vision to build end-to-end logistics capability to serve the needs of shipping lines and cargo owners. The acquisition of Feedertech will expand the company’s feedering and short-sea product offering to multiple geographies.

Established in 2003 and based in Singapore, Feedertech operates two businesses; Feedertech, which is an independent feedering service, and Perma, a regional shortsea network. Both operate in the same market and connect the fast-growing trade route of Asia to the Middle East via the Indian Subcontinent. Feedertech group calls at 50 ports, generating a combined revenue of around $200 million from a diverse customer mix and transporting more than 600k TEUs annually.

Acquired by DP World in 2018, Unifeeder, is an integrated logistics company with the largest and best-connected feeder and growing shortsea network in Northern Europe with connectivity to approximately 100 ports.

Through Feedertech and Perma, Unifeeder will have the capability to offer feedering and regional shortsea connectivity in Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa and now Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. DP World aims to preserve the common-user independent platform, while increasing efficiency to offer a more complete logistics solution to all its customers.

DP World’s strategic objective was to create additional value by using Unifeeder’s management expertise to replicate the asset-light model in other regions. The Feedertech Group transaction is the first stage of this ongoing value creation process.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said: “The acquisition of a stake in the Feedertech Group is another strategic step in our vision to build an end-to-end logistics capability and offer an integrated service suite that also engages end-customers and traders across the while optimising operations. Feedertech has a strong reputation as a reliable and independent feeder and regional shortsea operator, and we are delighted to add this important asset to our expanding portfolio.”

“Furthermore, it offers us exposure to the fast-growing coastal shortsea trade in the Indian Subcontinent, which is highly complementary to our existing India logistics strategy. The next and imminent stage of this development will be to launch a dedicated and efficient India-Gulf region service, which is an important route for our customers.”

Ali Maghami, Founder and Chairman, Feedertech said “ Feedertech has enjoyed great success over the years and we are proud of our achievements, but we believe the transaction with Unifeeder with the support of DP World, will allow us to take the business to the next stage of its growth. Both Feedertech and Unifeeder share similar business models and a desire to reduce inefficiencies, and by combining the expertise of the two entities, we believe we can deliver a high-quality product for our customers. Furthermore, being part of the DP World family, will allow us to benefit from the Group’s deep relationship with end-customers and wide global network. We look forward to a prosperous future together’.’

About DP World

DP World is a leading enabler of global trade and an integral part of the supply chain.

We operate multiple yet related businesses – from marine and inland terminals, maritime services, logistics and ancillary services, to technology-driven trade solutions.

We have a portfolio of over 150 operations in over 50 countries across six continents, with a significant presence in both high-growth and mature markets. We aim to be essential to the bright future of global trade, ensuring that everything we do contributes positively and sustainably to both the economy and society.

Our dedicated team of more than 46,000 employees from 120 countries cultivates long-standing relationships with governments, shipping lines, importers and exporters, communities, and many other important constituents of the global supply chain, providing quality value-added services today and tomorrow.

Container handling is the company’s core business and generates more than 50% of its revenue. In 2018, DP World handled 71.4 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across our portfolio. With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, the current gross capacity of 91 million TEU is expected to rise in line with market demand.

By thinking ahead, foreseeing change and innovating, DP World aims to create the most productive, efficient and safe trade solutions globally.