Eimskip has entered into an agreement to acquire the Norwegian shipping and logistics company Nor Lines. Nor Lines is a strategic fit in Eimskip’s core market and the overall transaction is asset-light. The operation of Nor Lines has been challenging over the past years and the business will be restructured in order to improve the company’s services and profitability by aligning it with Eimskip’s current operations in Norway. The acquisition will give Eimskip an opportunity to offer broader value added services to its customers. Norwegian exporters and importers will also benefit from the synergy between the liner services of the two companies. The estimated annual turnover of Nor Lines amounts to approximately EUR 110 million and the company has about 200 employees. The acquisition is financed with cash.
The history of Nor Lines goes back to 1930 and the company is currently operating an extensive service network in Norway, handling general and reefer cargo on sea and land. Nor Lines offers regular services to and from Norway and has over the past years built up a land transport system where, among other, rail transport is an important element in a number of service routes.
Today, Nor Lines operates a fleet consisting of seven cargo vessels that operate three different trade lanes in and out of Norway. Restructuring will be made to the vessel fleet and the operation of the company, where Eimskip will take over the operation of five vessels out of the seven and thereby strengthen the combined service network between Norway, continental Europe and the Baltic Sea. Out of the five vessels, one will be owned and four will be chartered.
Nor Lines is providing an extensive land operation with a network of 60 terminals along the Norwegian coast which connect the trucking and sea operation, providing a door-to-door solution. Out of the 60 terminals, the company is operating 14 terminals and 46 are operated by agents. Through the network, the company is also providing warehouse operations and freight forwarding. Nor Lines’ service network consists of 450 trucks, owned and operated by third party, that cover the land based transportation, operating 50 direct lines between the 14 terminals.
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Furthermore, Nor Lines is selling cargo capacity on the 11 vessels of Hurtigruten, which operates along Norway’s western and northern coast, calling 32 ports on a daily basis.
Completion of the transaction is subject to approval by the Norwegian Competition Authority. The acquisition will be further explained at Eimskip’s investor meeting on 18 November 2016.
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Source: <a href="http://www.eimskip.com" target="_blank">Eimskip</a>