Kuehne + Nagel announces the acquisition of Apex International Corporation

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Bremen, Germany-based global third-party logistics service provider (3PL) Kuehne + Nagel (K + N) said this week it has reached a binding agreement to acquire Shanghai, China’s freight forwarder Apex International Corporation in this week. which he said is the biggest acquisition in the company’s history.

Financial terms were not disclosed. K + N officials said this acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.

Founded in 2001, Apex is one of the leading freight forwarders in Asia, with a major focus in the Trans-Pacific and Intra-Asian regions. The company has around 1,600 employees and generates annual revenues in excess of 2.1 billion Swiss francs, or US $ 2.34 billion, according to K + N. And in 2020, Apex handled a total air cargo volume of approximately 750,000 tonnes and 190,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) in ocean freight volume.

“The combination of Apex and Kuehne + Nagel provides us with the opportunity to offer our clients a compelling proposition in the competitive Asian logistics industry, especially in the areas of e-commerce execution, high technology and electric mobility, ”said Dr Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming Apex colleagues to the Kuehne + Nagel family. “

And Apex Chairman and CEO Tony Song added that with Apex joining K + N, this transaction will add value to the supply chains of the company’s customers and also expand its logistics network. global.

A Reuters report noted that the transaction comes against a backdrop of industry consolidation in Asia, particularly China, triggered by an e-commerce boom during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also noted that Apex remains focused primarily on the Asian nation, giving Kuehne & Nagel the local connections he sought there.

Ben gordon, Managing Partner of Capital of Cambridge, an investor in niche supply chain leaders, and also Managing Partner of BGSA Holdings, a mergers and acquisitions advisory firm specializing in the transportation, logistics and supply chain technology industries, observed that K + N has a long history of successful acquisitions, noting that there At 20, K + N bought USCO Logistics in what was the biggest deal they had done at the time.

“This deal was for $ 400 million,” Gordon said. “Apex is a much larger transaction and, at $ 1.5 billion, represents the largest acquisition K + N has ever made to date. It enables K + N to develop in Asia, which will increase from 10% to 18% of its turnover. In addition, it signals the growing consolidation of global logistics.

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