Toll Group sells Global Express business to PE fund

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Toll Group is to sell its Global Express business to Australian private equity fund manager Allegro Funds. The Global Express business provides express parcel, freight delivery and domestic forwarding services in Australia, and transportation and contract logistics services in New Zealand.

Toll chairman John Mullen said the agreement is consistent with Toll’s strategy to focus on its Asia-Pacific logistics strengths and fits with Allegro’s investment thesis of investing in Australian and New Zealand companies to realise their potential.

“We have spent the last three years transforming and strengthening Global Express and today the business is a market leader. I am confident that under Allegro’s ownership, Global Express will have the support and focus it needs to reach its full potential,” he said.

“The divestment is consistent with Toll’s strategy to focus on being a pre-eminent Asia-Pacific logistics provider through its core businesses in contract logistics and freight forwarding.”

Adrian Loader, one of Allegro’s founding partners, said the team looks forward to working with management and all stakeholders to drive the business forward: “We are excited about the future potential for Global Express and are committing A$500m in funding to continue the business’s transformation and support its growth over the long term.”

Under the terms of the sale, Allegro will operate the Global Express business under the Toll brand for a two-year transitional period.

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