Customers Will Benefit from Increased Coverage Area and Service Offerings across India
— FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX) announced today that its FedEx Express business unit will acquire the logistics, distribution and express businesses of AFL Pvt. Ltd. and its affiliate, Unifreight India Pvt. Ltd.. This acquisition will give FedEx a more robust domestic ground network and added capabilities in India. FedEx expects that this transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, will close in its third fiscal quarter, which ends February 2011.
Founded in 1945, AFL Pvt. Ltd. has been a recognized leader in the transportation and logistics industry in India. A privately held company, the AFL business offerings include a comprehensive range of distribution and logistics services through a well-established network across India. Specifically, this acquisition includes the purchase of:
- AFL Logistics and Distribution, which consists of a wide range of products and services, including supply chain management, warehousing, and a ground distribution network that provides day-definite ground transportation for small packages and heavyweight shipments through more than 200 daily scheduled routes; and
- AFL WiZ Express, which offers express services through more than 160 Express Service Centers servicing more than five thousand zip codes across 144 cities in India.
“The acquisition supports our long-term strategy to grow our international business and better serve our customers seeking to expand or enter the Indian market,” said Michael L. Ducker, COO, FedEx Express. “This will provide customers with more service options such as domestic ground and value-added services, including warehousing, logistics solutions and third party logistics, while allowing them to take advantage of an increased coverage area.”
“This transaction provides AFL with an opportunity to offer its customers an enhanced level of service, new service offerings and the adoption of global best practices in its core businesses of air express delivery and ground distribution. While our extensive network and logistics infrastructure will enable FedEx to deepen its penetration of the Indian market, I believe AFL’s customers will be excited by the prospects of AFL’s service offering being strengthened under the leadership of a global leader in express delivery and transportation. AFL’s employees will also greatly benefit from joining the global family of one of the world’s most admired employers” said Cyrus Guzder, Chairman of AFL.
After the acquisition closes, Cyrus Guzder will assume the role of Executive Advisor to FedEx.
FedEx and AFL are committed to continuing to provide an excellent workplace environment. In June 2010, FedEx Express was ranked as one the Top 25 Great Places to Work in India according to the Great Places to Work® Institute India. In addition on September 30, 2010 FedEx was awarded the Best Air Cargo Carrier of the Year at the 4th Express, Logistics & Supply Chain Awards.
J.P. Morgan is serving as financial advisor to FedEx.
Evercore Partners and Ardashir Dubash are serving as financial advisors to AFL.
Source: Press release distribution via India PRwire
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About FedEx Express
FedEx Express is the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee.
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $36 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 285,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.
About AFL Pvt. Ltd.
AFL has been an acknowledged industry leader in the Indian logistics industry over the last six decades. Its services are backed by a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure and an extensive network of locations across India. This market leadership position has been achieved by focusing and investing in advanced technology, consistency in operating processes and setting high standards of customer service.
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