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Mergers could be popular for logistics industry in 2012

By: Ashley Curtis
10 April 2012

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the logistics industry will make somewhat of a resurgence this year after a poor end to 2011, reports Logistics Manager.

That's according to auditing powerhouse KPMG, which noted that a number big deals in the first quarter of 2012 bumped up the overall 'value of deals' announced in the industry - totalling a global value of £12.3 billion.

As a result, the combined value of both announced and completed deals for the quarter stands at £17.4 billion.

In addition, Europe as a whole looks to be a hive of M&A activity with the sector continuing to be targeted by investors. The increasing growth of "e-commerce and cross-border express deliveries" makes the logistics sector a big target, which could potentially do wonders for logistics recruitment across the Eurozone.

Speaking to Financial Times, Steffen Wagner, European head of transport transactions at KPMG, commented on investor-led focus on Europe: "The European market is mature. There are a large number of mid-sized players, many of them family own. The availability of targets is very good."

Furthermore, investors can expect increased opportunities for investors in shipping, logistics and the infrastructure market.

Wagner added: "After a drop in transaction values in the second half of 2011, this year certainly took off to a promising start. Many companies, particularly in the logistics segment, are sitting on full coffers and are ready for increased strategic acquisitions."

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