Apex is an Asian freight forwarder, especially on the transpacific and intra-Asia trade routes.
In 2020, the company generated turnover of CHF 2.2 billion (US$2.4 billion), gross profit of CHF 296 million (US$327 million) and earnings before taxes of CHF 126 million (US$139 million) and ranked seventh in terms of global air freight forwarding volume.
In the first quarter of 2021, Apex has continued to perform strongly with turnover of CHF 556 million (US$613,6 million), gross profit of CHF 109 million (US$120.3 million) and earnings before tax of CHF 64 million (US$70.6 million).
Joerg Wolle, Chairman of Kuehne Nagel International AG, said, “With the acquisition of Apex, Kuehne Nagel complements its successful organic growth strategy and substantiates its strong position as one of the world’s largest logistics providers. With this transaction we are expanding the group’s service offering, networks and potential for growth, in Asia and globally.”
Kuehne Nagel has acquired the majority of the shares in Apex.
“With this transaction we are expanding the group’s service offering, networks and potential for growth, in Asia and globally”Joerg Wolle – Chairman, Kuehne Nagel
A minority participation remains with the Apex management, with the parties retaining customary contractual rights to acquire and sell these shares.
The purchase price paid at closing amounts to CHF 1.1 billion (US$1.2 billion) and has been financed by the group’s own funds and approximately 750,000 new Kuehne Nagel shares issued out of authorized share capital.
In addition, over the next three years, Kuehne Nagel will have the opportunity to acquire all other shares in Apex for a performance-based consideration.
The economic benefits of the Apex business have been effectively transferred to Kuehne Nagel with effect from January 1, 2021 as per the terms of the transaction agreement.
However, the Apex result will be fully consolidated in Kuehne Nagel’s financial statements from the closing date of this transaction.