Arle Capital Partners supports DX Group’s acquisition of Nightfreight

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Deal creates the UK & Ireland’s leading independent mail, courier and logistics network provider

This deal again demonstrates how Arle’s active ownership delivers in practice. We supported the management team by leading the negotiations to acquire Nightfreight and will now help them to deliver on the next phase of the plan.

Arle Capital Partners today announces that DX Group, the UK & Ireland’s leading independent mail, courier and logistics network operator, has acquired Nightfreight.

This acquisition will create the UK and Ireland’s leading independent mail, courier and logistics network provider, diversifying the service offering and providing the broadest range of capabilities to business customers. Combined with last month’s opening of a state-of-the-art parcel sorting and distribution centre in Warrington, the deal gives DX Group the capability to satisfy growing market demand from existing and new customers.

Nightfreight is a leading logistics business, with a particular niche in the IDW sector (parcels of an irregular shape and size) for B2B and B2C markets. Its services are highly complementary to those of DX Group. Following completion of the deal, customers will have access to a full range of mail and courier services, including sending large and heavy items, two-man deliveries, core logistics and warehousing services. This deal will provide further investment to improve operations, IT systems and the fleet of vehicles.

Commenting on the acquisition, Mark Dickinson, Arle Capital Partners said: “This deal again demonstrates how Arle’s active ownership delivers in practice. We supported the management team by leading the negotiations to acquire Nightfreight and will now help them to deliver on the next phase of the plan. DX Group becomes a major player in the logistics sectors and will continue to generate profitable growth across the expanded group.”

The DX and Nightfreight businesses will continue to run as separate entities, but with a co-ordinated approach to sales and marketing activity to allow both companies to offer the full range of services.

Petar Cvetkovic, DX chief executive, said:

“The combination of Nightfreight and DX creates a clear market-leader with a more diversified customer offer. The enlarged business is set to generate profitable growth and will be much better positioned to satisfy growing demand from our new and existing customers. Together, we can build a sustainable business to compete more effectively in the courier and network distribution market.”

ENDS

For further information please contact:
Arle Capital Partners Limited
Mark Dickinson / Julie Foster: +44 (0) 20 7895 2754
Julie(dot)foster(at)arle(dot)com

Vetch Mahne
Lindsay Vetch / Christian Mahne: +44 (0) 20 3488 3100 / +44 (0) 77 7594 5369
arle(at)vetchmahne(dot)com

Notes to editors:

Arle Capital Partners Limited

Arle is a private equity partnership formed in April 2011 following the buyout of Candover Partners. Arle focuses on businesses in the energy, industrial and services sectors typically based within the North Sea Rim but with operations that extend beyond these markets. North Sea Rim comprises the UK, The Nordics, Benelux and German-speaking Europe.

Arle’s portfolio currently comprises 12 European-headquartered businesses with an aggregate value of around €2.3 billion. Arle’s approach is based on active ownership, working in close partnership with management to drive long term uplifts in growth and value and in turn to generate strong returns for Arle’s investors. For more information, please see http://www.arle.com

DX Group

DX Group is the largest independent logistics network operator in the UK.

DX offers business and public sector customers a range of reliable and secure delivery services. The company handles over 1 million letters, packets and parcels per day, with a next day service to 99.7% of UK business and residential addresses.

Specialising in the delivery of time sensitive, mission critical and high value deliveries, DX routinely handles items including mortgage deeds, jewellery, optical lenses and credit cards, and is the preferred provider of the UK Government and foreign embassies for passports and visas.

Established 35 years ago, DX is the only independent logistics network operator to have its own end-to-end postal operation. The company prides itself on its ability to deliver industry leading service levels.

Customer sectors include legal, retail, ticketing and government. Significant contracts include Ladbrokes, Vision Express, Ticketmaster and the Land Registry.

Nightfreight

Nightfreight is unrivalled in the combination of services it brings to business customers.

Offering four main delivery ‘channels’ as either stand-alone services or multi configurable menu options – single larger parcel express and non-standard freight, two-man shared user home delivery nationwide (deliver2home), a specialist warehousing, handling and installation ‘white glove’ service (pacemaker) and dedicated logistics - customers can take advantage of shared benefit solutions.

Nightfreight is widely recognised as the market leader in providing flexible solutions for the larger and heavier parcel traffic in the B2C and B2B consignment deliveries market. Its client portfolio ranges from SMEs to top household brands including B&Q, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Wickes and Wilkinson.

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