One in, one out - continued interest in Eddie Stobart

One in, one out - continued interest in Eddie Stobart  

On 18 October 2019, Eddie Stobart Logistics plc (Eddie Stobart) received an offer from logistics company Wincanton plc (Wincanton) . Following the announcement on 16 October 2019 that TVFB (3) Limited had dropped out of the race, the company therefore continues to have two competing bidders. DBAY Advisors Limited (DBAY Advisors) have until 28 October to announce a firm offer and the deadline for Wincanton to confirm whether they intend to proceed with a firm offer is 15 November 2019.

Wincanton, which is trades on the Main Market and which is a rival of Eddie Stobart, announced that it was undertaking due diligence on the company and its assets, in order to assess a possible combination. Eddie Stobart confirmed this in a statement saying it had given Wincanton due diligence access.

The combined group might see customers receiving a greater offering by combining the company’s abilities. Eddie Stobart has around 2,700 vehicles, 5,000 trailers and 6,600 staff and its operations extend to the UK, Ireland and Belgium. Wincanton employs around 20,000 people across the UK and Ireland and has around 3,400 vehicles as well as other specialist equipment, for example tankers and construction vehicles. Whereas Eddie Stobart focuses on road haulage in particular, Wincanton offers transportation as well storage services.

Both Wincanton and Eddie Stobart said in their statements that whilst due diligence has been underway, there is no guarantee that a firm offer would be announced.

Eddie Stobart, having suspended trading of its shares at 71p and in a process of recovering from an accounting scandal, is probably seen as a relatively cheap company to buy and build up. The company’s potential is not lost on bidders, given that it was the largest AIM flotation in 2017, when its shares were trading at 150p.

Market Tracker will continue to monitor this transaction as it develops.

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