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Imperial Logistics shares rocket after R12.7bn cash buyout offer from Dubai

Bruce Whitfield interviews Mohammed Akoojee (Imperial Logistics CEO) about DP World’s cash bid to buy out shareholders.

Dubai Ports World (DP World) plans to acquire South Africa’s Imperial Logistics with a cash offer of R12.7 billion ($890 million).

The global logistics company says the acquisition would be its most significant yet in Africa.

The take-over will also build on Imperial’s contribution to the South African economy, said DP World CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.

Bloomberg reports that the company offered R66 ($4.60) per share, a 40% premium to Imperial’s last close.

Shares surged up to 36% on the news on Thursday, trading just below the offer price.

Image: @Imperial.Logistics on Facebook

Imperial Logistics has been listed on the JSE since 1987 after being founded in 1948 as a motor dealership.

As the fully-fledged logistics and market access company it is today, Imperial has operations in 25 countries, mainly in Africa and Europe.

Bruce Whitfield interviews the company’s CEO, Mohammed Akoojee.

DP World operates a number of ports in terminals across the globe. They’re an $8 billion logistics business in territories like Europe, South America…

Mohammed Akoojee, CEO – Imperial Logistics

They’re a global trade enabler, a major global logistics player and Imperial is a very well-established logistics business in Europe and in Africa.

Mohammed Akoojee, CEO – Imperial Logistics

Their business is very complementary in terms of our capability and they also have a desire to expand their operations on the continent where we’ve already got a well-established footprint.

Mohammed Akoojee, CEO – Imperial Logistics

Akoojee says Imperial’s management supports the deal.

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He adds that its independent board sought the advice of independent experts about the offer.

We recommended to our shareholders that they accept the offer at R66.

Mohammed Akoojee, CEO – Imperial Logistics

Fortunately we’ve got a very good empowerment level… and DP World are seasoned acquirers of businesses… They know what it takes to get a deal done…

Mohammed Akoojee, CEO – Imperial Logistics

I believe the investment by DP World… will have benefits for South Africa on a number of fronts including our empowerment transactions.

Mohammed Akoojee, CEO – Imperial Logistics

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