Strategic Investment Extends AD Ports Group’s Presence in the Red Sea Container, Cargo, and Port Operations
Abu Dhabi, UAE: AD Ports Group, the vertically integrated trade enabler, today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire a 70 percent equity stake in International Associated Cargo Carrier B.V., which wholly owns two Egypt-based maritime companies, Transmar International Shipping Company (“Transmar”) and Transcargo International S.A.E. (“TCI”).
The total purchase consideration (Enterprise Value) of this transaction amounts to AED 514 million (USD 140 million). The acquisition will be fully funded from AD Ports Group’s existing cash reserves, which stood at over AED 3 billion as of March 31, 2022. It is the first international acquisition realised by AD Ports Group.
Transmar is a regional container shipping company that operates across the Middle East, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf and Eastern Coast of Africa. In 2021, Transmar handled 109,000 TEUs.
TCI is a terminal operator and stevedoring company, mainly operating out of the Adabiya Port, where it is the exclusive container operator. Its two lines of business are container and bulk cargo services. In 2021, TCI handled 92,500 TEUs and 1.2 million tonnes of bulk cargos.
Together, Transmar and TCI reported LTM revenue and EBITDA of AED 325 million and AED 108 million, respectively. For full-year 2022, management is on track to deliver triple-digit growth year-on-year driven by both volume and rate increases.
These synergistic and value-accretive acquisitions provide AD Ports Group with a market-leading platform for further growth opportunities in Egypt, but also in the entire Red Sea and Gulf regions. The El Ahwal family and their executive team will remain in management of the companies.
H.E. Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Chairman of AD Ports Group, said: “This is the first overseas acquisition in AD Ports Group’s history, and an important milestone in our ambitious international expansion plan. This acquisition will support our wider growth targets for North Africa and the Gulf region and broaden the portfolio of services we are able to offer in those markets.”
“AD Ports Group continues to diversify and take bold steps to expand our reach around the world, in line with the vision and guidance of our wise leadership. We look forward to working with the two new Egypt-based operations and bringing them into the AD Ports Group family.”
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said: “AD Ports Group continues to build up our presence in Egypt as part of our wider strategy for global expansion. The acquisition of Transmar and TCI, which both have strong regional presences and deep client relationships, is another key step in increasing our geographical footprint and bringing the benefits of our integrated portfolio of services to more customers. Egypt and the Red Sea coast are increasingly important parts of our global maritime offering, and we believe we are well-placed, thanks to the guidance and continuous support of our wise leadership, to boost trade and economic growth for customers and communities along these routes.”
KPMG LG acted as the financial advisor, PwC as the commercial advisor and Matouk Bassiouny and Hennawy as the legal advisor to AD Ports Group in these transactions.
EFG-Hermes acted as the exclusive financial advisor and White & Case acted as the legal advisor to Transmar and TCI on this acquisition.
This deal is the latest in a series by AD Ports Group in the Egyptian maritime industry, including agreements with the Egyptian Group for Multipurpose Terminals for the joint development and operation of Egypt’s Ain Sokhna Port and an agreement with the General Authority for Red Sea Ports for the development, operation, and management of cruise ship berths at Sharm El Sheikh Port.
About AD Ports Group:
Established in 2006, AD Ports Group today serves as the region’s premier facilitator of logistics, industry, and trade, as well as a bridge linking Abu Dhabi to the world. Listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX: ADPORTS), AD Ports Group’s vertically integrated business model has proven instrumental in driving Abu Dhabi’s economic development over the past decade.
Operating several clusters covering Ports, Economic Cities & Free Zones, Maritime, Logistics, and Digital, AD Ports Group’s portfolio comprises 10 ports and terminals, and more than 550 square kilometres of economic zones within KIZAD and ZonesCorp, the largest integrated trade, logistics, and industrial business grouping in the Middle East.