Monday, June 24, 2013

■ SOUTH AFRICA: FedEx buys out SupaSwift South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia.

FedEx logoFedEx, the American global courier delivery services company, says it has completed the first stage of a strategic acquisition by signing agreements to acquire the businesses operated by its current South African service provider, Supaswift (Pty) Ltd., in five countries in Southern Africa, including South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia, and is also in discussions to acquire Supaswift’s businesses in Botswana and Namibia. These acquisitions will operate under the FedEx Express business unit and the transaction is subject to necessary regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

Once the acquisition is completed, FedEx Express will have direct access across the seven markets to 39 facilities and will integrate approximately 1'000 of Supaswift's workforce into its own.
 “The acquisition of Supaswift’s businesses, once closed, will provide customers with greater access to some of the world’s most rapidly growing economies,” said Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Corp. “It is an important step in our international growth strategy and further strengthens our FedEx Express portfolio.
Supaswift started operations in South Africa in 1990 and merged, in 2005, with MyExpress Pty Ltd., which had been offering FedEx Express international services in Southern Africa since 1991.

The integration of Supaswift’s businesses will commence once the transaction has been closed and is expected to be achieved gradually over a number of months.