Stobart Group offers £12.4m for Autologic

Commercial Motor
June 19, 2012

Stobart Group has made an offer of £12.4m, or 20p per share, for Autologic in a deal that would see it become the largest car-transporter haulier in the UK.

Both parties have been in talks since Thursday 24 May and Stobart has made the offer in cash, which Autologic recommends its shareholders should accept.

Avril Palmer-Baunack, chief executive of Autologic, says: “The combination of Stobart and Autologic will further strengthen Autologic's market-leading position in the automotive marketplace.

"It will enable us to provide new, flexible and innovative solutions to our customer base, whilst also giving us the opportunity to improve competitiveness as a result of being part of a bigger business."

In a statement to the City the Stobart directors say that the ability of Autologic to use Stobart Rail infrastructure would reduce the level of empty running endemic to the car transporter sector. In addition, Autologic  would  be able to benefit from the Stobart Group's storage sites, both in terms of car storage and also overnight truck parking.

Furthermore they say that there are opportunities for Autologic to expand further into the European market.

Stobart chief executive Andrew Tinkler adds: “Autologic is an excellent fit with our group strategy to expand into complementary service offerings and it will facilitate our entry into the auto-logistics market in a leading position.

“We expect to be able to drive substantial synergies and efficiencies from improved fleet utilisation, vehicle buying and maintenance, which will benefit our customers and drive value for our shareholders.”

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