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Indian joint venture with DP World acquires stake in logistics operation

Hindustan Infralog Private Limited, HIPL, a joint venture between DP World and the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund in India, has announced the acquisition of a 76 percent stake in Kribhco Infrastructure Limited, an integrated multi-modal logistics operator in India. The acquisition was made through its 90 percent owned subsidiary, Continental Warehousing Corporation (Nhava Seva) Limited.

Kribhco will continue to retain the remaining 24 percent shareholding. The purchase consideration is below one percent of DP World’s net asset value as of Financial Year 2018.

Founded in 2009, Kribhco operates three major Inland Container Depots/Private Freight Terminals in three Indian states and has container train operations with a pan India outreach. It has a strong presence in the National Capital Region, which is India’s largest import/export market with a population of over 46 million, including a terminal located on a notified double stack route.

With the acquisition of Kribhco, HIPL will emerge as one of the leading integrated rail terminal and Container Train Operators in India with an enhanced network to provide door-to-door connectivity to cargo owners. It will also augment DP World’s existing business in terms of the business model and geographic footprint, offering an integrated portfolio to the entire logistics value chain.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said, “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of 76 percent stake in Kribhco Infrastructure Limited, a rail logistics solutions provider, which is highly complementary to our earlier acquisition of Continental Warehousing Corporation. It enables the DP World Group to become a significant operator in the fast-growing inland logistics market.

“In India, we have made strong progress in building an integrated logistics platform, which can deliver a competitive solution to cargo owners and we aim to continue adding scale to our offering to deliver greater efficiencies and value to the trade,” he added.

Dr. Chandra Pal Singh, Chairman of Kribhco, said, “Kribhco continues to remain excited about the significant growth potential of logistics infrastructure in India. We believe the strategic partnership with Continental Warehousing Corporation will enable the company’s assets to improve efficiencies, offer a compelling value-add solution to customers and deliver long-term value for all stakeholders.”

Source: WAM

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