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Freight forwarding in a niche market

Reference
S7248
Turnover
£10m to £25m
Sector(s)
Distribution, freight & logistics, Printing & publishing
Region(s)
UK Wide, Outside UK
Added
05 October 2020

Business description

The company provides dedicated, independent freight forwarding services, working with major clients in a niche, buoyant market and specialises in the delivery of products via sea, air, road and rail freight.

Utilising a global network of offices, the company has secured a prominent market share within its core operational sectors and is well-established as a
professional and reliable service provider, driven by a highly knowledgeable and dedicated team.

With a internationally recognised and respected brand, the acquisition of the company presents an opportunity for buyers to immediately enter a buoyant sector as the market leader.

Having built up a highly respected and successful business, the owners are now offering the company for sale due to the majority shareholder’s retirement plans.

Highlights

  • Works with a number of market-leading, blue-chip clients who trust the
    extensive, in-house knowledge that the company possesses in relation to the unique requirements of its core operational sector. This specialist knowledge has enabled the company to establish a dominant market share within its niche. 
  • Well-established international presence, with operations based in the UK, the USA, China, Europe, South America, Australia and South East Asia.
  • Currently works with over 240 active clients, the majority of whom provide reliable, repeat business, with some relationships spanning over 30 years.
  • Highly experienced management team in place, possessing the necessary skills and expertise required to manage operations on an ongoing basis and drive further growth of the business. 
  • Manages large volumes from Asia, with its local site and extensive in-house expertise enabling it to stand apart from competitors in the region.

Financials

Turnover (£'000) Adjusted EBITDA (£'000)
2017 (Actual) 17,359 1,746
2018 (Actual) 17,791 1,693
2019 (Actual) 18,055 1,851
2020 (Actual) 16,821 1,461
  • Achieved turnover in excess of £16.8 million in YE20, with an adjusted EBITDA of £1.4 million. 
  • Total group revenues of circa £22.9 million in YE20. 
  • Maintains consistently strong gross profit and adjusted EBITDA margins, averaging circa 22% and 10%, respectively, across the last four years.

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