Europa Worldwide planning to make acquisitions

Europa Worldwide has announced that it is “officially on the acquisition trail”.

MD of the company Andrew Baxter acquired Europa Worldwide in 2013 and after a front-end restructuring that has increased Europa’s turnover to £116 million, the logistics company says that it now intends to grow through a “combination of organic growth and acquisitions”.

To begin with, the company has revealed it is looking to buy a “£20m-£60m turnover freight business”.

Baxter elaborated: “We are pretty open minded in terms of acquisition targets. We are looking to develop all of our international markets, therefore the first acquisition may be air, sea or road orientated. We are also pretty open as to whether the business is a regional or national operator, or where it is based in the UK. As long as the business adds strength to our market position in one of our core sectors, then we are happy.”

Europa Worldwide has seen a growth in turnover by just under 20% on the previous year, and profit before tax grew to £2.3 million from a loss of £1.6 million in 2015. This year’s projected turnover is set to be £140 million in 2017.

Baxter added: “We’re in a very strong position now and so I believe the time is right to start to acquire businesses which fit well within our operating model and which will improve our market position.

“We believe that we will continue to have strong organic growth of around 20% across the business this year. In the Road division, during the last two years we have been focused upon building daily services from Dartford to around 30 European hubs. Now that that project is nearing completion, we are planning to start developing additional lines to the continent directly from our 10 regional depots.

“If, for example, we were to acquire a regional operator, with existing direct lines, then this would help speed up this process. We see the opportunity to make multiple acquisitions of this nature in the next few years. In addition, we want to strengthen our Air and Sea activities. Therefore, again we are interested in those opportunities.”  
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