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American ShipperShipping

APMT finalizes acquisition of Grup Maritim TCB

Maersk Group subsidiary APM Terminals has completed the purchase of eight of 11 terminals from the Barcelona, Spain-based operator and still hopes to acquire additional TCB terminals in Turkey and the Canary Islands.

   APM Terminals, part of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, has completed  acquisition of Spanish Grup Maritim TCB’s port and rail interests for $1 billion.
   APM Terminals said it has yet to receive approval for three of 11 terminals under Grup Maritim TCB, but has decided to move ahead with the transaction, as the remaining terminals constitute less than 5 percent of the overall value of the acquisition.
   The purchase adds eight ports with a combined 2 million TEUs of equity-weighted volume to APM Terminals, expanding the terminal operator’s network to 72 operating ports across 69 countries.
   The acquisition complements APM Terminal’s current portfolio, the company said, adding 7 percent throughput in key locations including Spanish container terminal concessions in Barcelona, Valencia and Castellon, on the Mediterranean coast, along with concessions in Gijon, on the Bay of Biscay.
   Outside of Spain, Grup Maritim TCB’s terminal operations are in Yucatan, Mexico; Quetzal, Guatemala (under construction, opening 2016); Buenaventura, Colombia, on the Pacific Coast; and Paranagua, Brazil. APM Terminals will invest an estimated USD $400 million over the next five years in upgrades and expansion to these operations.
   “We are excited to complete the acquisition of Grup Maritim TCB and look forward to working together with our new colleagues. The acquisition expands our position in Spain and accelerates our growth in Latin America. While growth in Latin America has slowed overall, Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala are outperforming the rest of the continent and we believe offer exciting short and medium term opportunities,” said APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer.
   In September 2015, APM Terminals reached an agreement with Spanish-based Perez y Cia to acquire their 61 percent stake in Grup Maritim TCB. In October 2015, the remaining minority shareholders also agreed to sell their shares, resulting in APM Terminals becoming the sole controlling shareholder of Grup Maritim TCB subject only to relevant approvals.
   “While we are pleased to close the main transaction, APM Terminals has yet to receive approval for the acquisition of the terminal in Turkey,” the company explained. “Because of the corporate structure of Grup Maritim TCB, this terminal and those in the Canary Islands are not included in today’s closure.”
   Joe Nicklaus Nielsen, vice president for port investments at APM Terminals said, “We are continuing to pursue the acquisition of TCB’s Turkish and Canary Island terminals and are confident we will be able to provide satisfactory responses to the regulators’ questions in Turkey in due course.”

Chris Dupin

Chris Dupin has written about trade and transportation and other business subjects for a variety of publications before joining American Shipper and Freightwaves.

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