DSV has been getting bigger through acquisitions, and the one with Agility entrenches the company among the Top 3 freight forwarders. Image Credit: DSV

Dubai: In what is one of the Gulf’s biggest private sector deals this year, Kuwait’s logistics firm Agility has completed the sale of Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) business to Denmark’s DSV Panalpina. The deal is valued at $4.77 billion.

With the acquisition of GIL, DSV becomes a global Top 3 player in the freight forwarding industry with an expected combined revenue of roughly $26 billion and 75,000 employees worldwide.

This will also see Agility pick up a sizeable stake in DSV and will help extend the geographic reach beyond core markets. “In the last decade, Agility created almost $7 billion in value for shareholders, increasing it five-fold since 2011,” said Tarek Sultan, Agility Vice-Chairman and CEO. “We are determined to sustain this momentum going forward.

“We’re moving forward with a strategic investment in DSV, one of the world’s best-performing logistics providers. We will accelerate growth in the businesses we continue to operate, which historically account for around 80 per cent of our EBIT (earnings before interest and tax).”

Kuwait's Agility has its strengths in the logistics business within the region and immediate markets. The DSV deal provides a vast geography and network for the Kuwaiti firm. Image Credit: Supplied
Deal structure
The all-share transaction gives Agility 19.30 million DSV shares upon full completion of the deal in all jurisdictions, representing about 8% of all post-transaction shares of DSV. This makes Agility the second largest DSV shareholder.

“We’ve shown that Agility knows how to build and scale successful businesses," said Tarek Sultan, Agility CEO. "This deal affirms Agility’s global strategy and execution, and positions us for a new era of growth.”

Integration to start

In addition to the stake, Agility receives a seat on the DSV board of directors. "There are many similarities when you look at our two companies both in terms of the business models and services," said Jens Bjørn Andersen, Group CEO of DSV Panalpina. "We will now start the integration, and together, we are going to grow the business and bring even more value to our many customers, partners and shareholders than we do separately."

1.4million square metres

The warehousing capacity that Global Integrated Logistics operates.

The merger process will be done country-by-country, which means that "for customers and employees in many countries the coming period will be business as usual until the country-specific merger process is initiated," the company said in a statement. 

“By adding the GIL network and competencies to our existing network, we improve our competitiveness across all three divisions: air and sea, road and solutions. This brings commercial synergies and cross-selling opportunities while at the same time providing our customers with an even higher service level and a one-stop-shop for logistics needs.” - Jens Bjørn Andersen, Group CEO of DSV Panalpina Image Credit: DSV