AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA

  • WKN: A0JK2A
  • ISIN: DE000A0JK2A8
  • Land: Deutschland

Nachricht vom 01.10.2019 | 07:30

AURELIUS closes acquisition of BT Fleet Solutions from BT Group Plc

DGAP-News: AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA / Key word(s): Takeover

01.10.2019 / 07:30
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AURELIUS closes acquisition of BT Fleet Solutions from BT Group Plc

  • Acquisition of the UK's #1 commercial fleet management business delivering a comprehensive suite of services to blue chip customers, via its national network completed
  • Recent contract wins worth GBP 43 million
  • UK continues to be an attractive market for AURELIUS

Munich / London, 1. October 2019 - AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN DE000A0JK2A8) ("AURELIUS") has completed the acquisition of industry leading end-to-end commercial fleet management operator, BT Fleet Solutions from BT Group Plc, with effect from 30 September 2019.

Headquartered in Solihull, BT Fleet Solutions offers a comprehensive suite of fleet management services across all stages of the vehicle life cycle, through its network of 65 in-house garages, 500 partner facilities and 50+ mobile technicians. Established in 2002, BT Fleet Solutions employs around 950 staff around the UK, and manages more than 80,000 vehicles for over 26 blue chip customers across diversified industries. The latest published statutory accounts for 2017/18 for BT Fleet Ltd show revenues of GBP 209.5 million and its industry leading position leaves it well placed to capture the high levels of growth available in the UK's fleet management market.

BT Fleet Solutions has recently signed two significant contract wins, as follows:

  • A 5+2 year contract with construction company Kier Group to manage all passenger and commercial vehicle fleet services on an outsourced basis, including vehicle maintenance, accident management and invoice management. The contract is due to go live in December 2019 with a value of GBP 39 million to BT Fleet Solutions.
  • A 30-month contract with Highways England to provide fleet maintenance and management services to its fleet of around 420 vehicles. The contract value to BT Fleet Solutions is GBP 4 million.

"We see substantial growth potential for BT Fleet in the British market and we are looking forward to realizing this potential together with the company's management and team," said Dr. Dirk Markus, Chief Executive Officer of the AURELIUS Group. "The United Kingdom will continue to be an attractive market for us in the future as well. Brexit and the related uncertainty are creating special opportunities from which investors like us can benefit."

The divestment of BT Fleet Solutions aligns with BT's ongoing transformation programme and strategy of focusing on converged connectivity and services, with further investments in both its fixed and mobile networks via programmes such as full fibre and 5G.

This deal represents another example of AURELIUS' specialism in complex divestment processes. In the coming months, AURELIUS' operational task force will support BT Fleet Solutions in executing a carve out from BT, ensuring a seamless continuation of the company's day to day operations, whilst working to position the business as an independent entity. The company is expected to be rebranded within the next 12 months.

 

ABOUT AURELIUS

AURELIUS Group is a pan-European investment group with offices in Munich, London, Stockholm, Madrid and Amsterdam. Since it was founded in 2006, AURELIUS has grown from a local turnaround investor to an international multi-asset manager.

AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN: DE000A0JK2A8, ticker symbol: AR4) represents the listed entity within the AURELIUS Group that focuses on investing in mid-market carve-outs and platform build-ups in a broad range of industries. With a team of more than 80 inhouse operations experts, AURELIUS actively supports its portfolio companies in their long-term development. AURELIUS Equity Opportunities currently has 23 portfolio companies located across Europe which employ around 13,000 people and generate annual revenues of approx. EUR 3.5 billion. The shares of AURELIUS Equity Opportunities are traded on all German stock exchanges. The company's market capitalization is approximately EUR 1.1 billion (as of September 2019).

The AURELIUS Group also operates in the areas of growth capital, real estate opportunities and debt. AURELIUS Growth Capital invests in leveraged buyouts, succession solutions and spin-offs from corporate groups. Real Estate Opportunities focuses on real estate investments, particularly in projects with operational improvement potential, the value of which can be increased in the long-term by means of active management. AURELIUS Finance Company is an alternative direct lender, focused on providing debt solutions to small and mid-market firms across Europe. With its group charity AURELIUS Refugee Initiative e.V., AURELIUS provides comprehensive support for refugees on their way towards a better life.

To find out more, visit www.aureliusinvest.de.

CONTACT

AURELIUS Group
Anke Banaschewski
Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 (89) 544799 - 0
Fax: +49 (89) 544799 - 55
E-mail: investor@aureliusinvest.de


 


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