Wilhelmsen and Wallenius have signed a letter of intent to establish a new ownership structure for their jointly owned investments. The new entity, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA, will enable further synergies between the joint ventures.
“The markets in which the jointly owned entities operate are going through rapid change and require a more agile and efficient business model. In addition to establishing a common owner and governance structure, the proposed merger is expected to enable synergies between US$50-100m by combining the assets and harvesting economies of scale, including more optimal tonnage planning, and administrative, commercial and operational efficiencies between the entities,” said Jan Eyvin Wang, President and CEO of Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA.
The letter of intent states that the parties will combine their ownership in the jointly owned entities Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (jointly owned 100%), EUKOR Car Carriers (jointly owned 80%) and American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (jointly owned 100%) in a new entity to be named Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA. In addition, the parties have agreed to merge the ownership of the majority of their vessels and affected assets and liabilities.
The proposed structure takes the partnership between Wilhelmsen and Wallenius, dating back to 1999, to a new level. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA will be based on the existing listing of Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA and continue to be listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. When the transaction is completed, Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA and Wallenius Lines AB will have equal ownership in the new entity and plan to own approximately 40% each. The final terms and ownership level will be confirmed with the announcement of the final agreement within year-end.
Craig Jasienski, currently CEO and President of EUKOR Car Carriers, will be appointed CEO for the new entity. To facilitate the transition process and in order to realise operational and commercial synergies, Mr Jasienski has taken on a joint CEO role for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics and EUKOR Car Carriers.
Based on expected growth opportunities within the logistics segments, Christopher J. Connor, President and CEO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics since 2013, will lead a strategic review targeting accelerated growth of the land-based logistics business.
Source: Wilh. Wilhelmsen