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Genesee & Wyoming said GWI UK Acquisition will buy Pentalver Transport

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Genesee & Wyoming said that its subsidiary, GWI UK Acquisition Company, has entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of APM Terminals (a subsidiary of A P Møller-Maersk A/S) to purchase all of the issued share capital of Pentalver Transport.

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The price is approximately £87 million (or approximately $110 million at current exchange rates), subject to final working capital and other closing adjustments.

The transaction is subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the receipt of competition clearances and the finalization of certain lease agreements, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017.

Pentalver’s operations are complementary to those of G&W’s Freightliner subsidiary, which is the largest provider of maritime container transportation by rail in the U.K.

US$The logistics of maritime container transportation in the U.K. are highly competitive, whether by road, rail or short-sea, with a premium placed on timely, efficient and safe service.

G&W expects that the Pentalver acquisition will enable G&W to enhance its U.K. services by providing rail and road transportation solutions, as well as offering storage options at the ports and inland.

G&W expect to unlock efficiencies from shared services and enhanced asset utilization from Pentalver’s trucking fleet and Freightliner’s existing fleet of approximately 250 trucks that currently provide local collection and delivery haulage from Freightliner’s inland terminals.

With approximately 600 employees, Pentalver will continue to be run by its current Managing Director, Chris Lawrenson, and will operate as part of G&W’s U.K./Europe Region.Headquartered in Southampton, U.K., Pentalver operates off-dock container terminals (most under long-term lease) strategically placed at each of the four major seaports of Felixstowe, Southampton, London Gateway and Tilbury, as well as an inland terminal located at Cannock, in the U.K. Midlands, near many of the nation’s largest distribution centers.

In addition to providing storage for loaded and empty containers on over 100 acres of land, Pentalver also operates a trucking haulage service with more than 150 trucks, primarily providing daily service between the seaports of Felixstowe and Southampton and its inland terminal at Cannock.

Pentalver also provides services related to container maintenance and repair (including refrigerated containers) and is one of the largest sellers of new and used containers in the U.K.

Jack Hellmann, President and Chief Executive Officer of G&W, commented, "The acquisition of Pentalver is an excellent strategic fit with our existing intermodal offering in the U.K.

"With the advent of larger container ships and the growth of distribution centers in the Midlands and throughout the U.K., our maritime intermodal customers are seeking greater service optionality, which includes not only rail and road transportation but also the ability to store, maintain and position containers."

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