Imperial Holdings Limited has agreed to acquire Palletways - Europe’s largest provider of express palletised distribution services - from current shareholder Phoenix Equity Partners for a total transaction value of £163m.
Imperial is a Johannesburg-listed, South African-based international group of companies with a focus on consumer and industrial logistics. Imperial fully supports Palletways’ current management and has committed to continue the company’s existing growth strategy, with plans to invest further in geographical expansion, product and service development, and Palletways’ leading technology platform. Imperial’s expertise in the logistics sector will help drive further growth and development of Palletways’ offer across existing and new territories.
This acquisition affirms the success of the current management team and the previous owner, Phoenix Equity Partners, in developing the business’ value and reach through geographical expansion, and investment in Palletways’ sector leading services.
Under Phoenix’s ownership, the Company has expanded significantly through a series of greenfield investments and international acquisitions, growing from a UK-only position to an integrated pan-European presence across 20 countries. Palletways now delivers eight million pallets annually across Europe, while Group profits have more than trebled over the last three years.
James Wilson (pictured), Chief Executive Officer at Palletways, said: “We would like to thank Phoenix for all their support. We are delighted to be working with Imperial as we move to the next stage of Palletways’ development by continuing to expand into new markets, while enhancing our member and customer experience.
"The Palletways management team shares a common vision with Imperial and remains fully committed to the business as we pursue our strategy for further growth. This is an exciting opportunity for Palletways, and all its members, to build on our success.”
Mark Lamberti, Chief Executive Officer at Imperial, said: “Palletways’ business model and geographic reach will be complementary to our existing services and networks in the logistics sector. We admire the past achievements of the management team and look forward to working with them to enhance Palletways’ presence and service in the United Kingdom and Europe.”
Palletways will continue to be run as a standalone business within the Imperial Group following the transaction, which remains subject to regulatory approvals.
Lazard acted as financial adviser to Palletways on the transaction.