TNT N.V. announces that it has today signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement to sell its logistics division to affiliates of Apollo Management, L.P., a leading private equity firm with offices in New York, London and Los Angeles. The intended sale is part of TNT's Focus strategy in which the company announced on December 6th last year that it would focus on its core competency of managing delivery networks. The total transaction value is 1,480 million on a cash and debt free basis, of which 15 million will be received in the form of a 5% equity stake in the new company. TNT intends to return most of the net proceeds, which are estimated at between 1.2 billion and 1.3 billion, to its shareholders by way of a share repurchase program with a value of up to 1 billion. The share repurchase program is expected to commence as soon as possible after completion.
The intended sale is subject to the approval of TNT's shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders (EGM). Furthermore the sale is conditional upon the customary approval of EU and other regulatory bodies. The positive advice of the company's central works council has been obtained. Completion of the transaction is expected before the year end.
Peter Bakker, CEO of TNT comments: "This transaction is an important milestone in our Focus strategy and will enable us to fully focus on growing our core network business. I am pleased that we have been able to come to an agreement with Apollo. I am proud of the employees and management of Logistics for their dedication and commitment to TNT. They have been able to keep the business developing and solid over the last nine months and we are very confident of their future success."
After completion of the transaction, Dave Kulik will resign from the TNT Board of Management to become CEO of the new company. Kulik comments: "This transaction gives us the opportunity to further evolve into a leading global service provider in logistics, meeting the specific needs of our customers. Leveraging on our expertise, infrastructure, customer base and Apollo's commitment we are poised for a competitive and profitable future."
Gareth Turner, a London based Partner at Apollo Management said: "The Logistics division is a world class business with 36,000 dedicated professionals, a strong management team and an impressive customer list. We see it as a clear platform for growth and we are happy that the management team has committed themselves to work with us on achieving that growth. As long term investor, Apollo Management looks forward to helping the Logistics division to further build its top position in the contract logistics market worldwide."
About TNT N.V.
TNT N.V. provides businesses and consumers worldwide with an extensive range of services for their mail and express delivery needs. Headquartered in the Netherlands, TNT offers efficient network infrastructures in Europe and Asia and is expanding operations worldwide to maximize its network performance. TNT serves more than 200 countries and employs over 128,000 people. In the first half of 2006, TNT reported 5.3 billion in revenues and 671 million EBIT from continuing operations. TNT N.V. is publicly listed on the stock exchanges of Amsterdam and New York. TNT recognizes its social responsibility, and has formed partnerships with the United Nations World Food Programme and the United Nations Environmental Programme to fight hunger and pollution in the world. More information about TNT can be found on its website www.group.tnt.com.
The Logistics division
The logistics division is the number two logistics company in the world, employing approximately 36,000 people, operating in 28 countries and managing 7.3 million square metres of warehouse space. The logistics activities that are the subject of this announcement have been reported within discontinued operations in the TNT group's consolidated statement of income since 6 December 2005.
About Apollo Management
Founded in 1990, Apollo is a recognized leader in private equity, debt and capital markets investing. Since its inception, Apollo has successfully invested over $16 billion in companies representing a wide variety of industries, both in the US and internationally. Apollo is currently investing its sixth private equity fund, Apollo Investment Fund VI, L.P., which along with related co-investment entities, represents approximately $12 billion of new capital.
Apollo's current and past investments in the distribution, transportation and logistics industries include Pacer International, Quality Distribution, Metals USA, United Agri-Products, and Affinion, AMC Entertainment, Cablecom, GeneralNutritionCenters, Goodman Global, Hexion Specialty Chemicals (which includes the former coatings and inks resins division of Akzo Nobel and Resolution Performance Products formerly owned by Royal Dutch Shell), Nalco and Unity Media.