FedEx unveils strategic acquisition deal in Southern Africa
Brussels and Johannesburg, June 20, 2013 - FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced today that it has completed the first stage of a strategic acquisition by signing agreements to acquire the businesses operated by its current service provider Supaswift (Pty) Ltd. in South Africa and four other countries, including Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia, and is also in discussions to acquire Supaswift’s businesses in Botswana and Namibia. These acquisitions will operate under the FedEx Express business unit and the transaction is subject to necessary regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
Once the acquisition is completed, FedEx Express will have direct access across the seven markets to 39 facilities and will welcome approximately 1,000 of Supaswift’s team members, who will join the ranks of more than 300,000 FedEx team members globally. FedEx Express will then offer a complete suite of FedEx branded export, import and domestic solutions, connecting Southern Africa to more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, enhancing customers’ business flexibility and speed to market.
“The acquisition of Supaswift’s businesses, once closed, will provide customers with greater access to some of the world’s most rapidly growing economies,” said Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Corp. “It is an important step in our international growth strategy and further strengthens our FedEx Express portfolio.”
Gerald P. Leary, President of FedEx Express Europe, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa, added: “FedEx Express has been active in Africa since the early 1990’s, through a well-established network of Global Service Providers. This acquisition, once completed, will reaffirm our support to customers in this region.”
Africa is currently the world’s fastest growing continent. Over the next decade its GDP is expected to rise by an average of 6% a year. South Africa alone makes up 21% of Africa’s total GDP, and is home to most major businesses in this region.1
“We are joining one of the most admired companies and best places to work globally. The transaction, once closed, will put us in a solid position to meet the growing needs of our customers, representing a common commitment to offer an enhanced service portfolio and superior quality to both current and prospective customers,” said Andrew Lovell, Chief Executive Officer, Supaswift (Pty) Ltd.
Supaswift started operations in South Africa in 1990. In 2005, Supaswift merged with MyExpress Pty Ltd., which had been offering FedEx Express international services in Southern Africa since 1991.
The integration of Supaswift’s businesses will commence once the transaction has been closed and is expected to be achieved gradually over a number of months.
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $44 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com
About FedEx Express
FedEx Express is the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee.
Supaswift started operations in South Africa in 1990. In 2005, Supaswift merged with MyExpress Pty Ltd., which had been offering FedEx Express international services in Southern Africa since 1991. In addition to FedEx Express international services, Supaswift also offers a range of domestic and regional services in its area. A strong network of dedicated team members, vehicle fleet and a number of facilities around Southern Africa ensure that Supaswift provides its customers with exceptional service across the region.