Logistics UK & CBW launch mergers and acquisition report


Despite the business disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s future relationship with the EU, the landscape for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in logistics is set to remain strong over the next 12 months. To help businesses understand the outlook for M&A activity across the sector, business group Logistics UK, in partnership with leading accountants, tax and business advisors, Carter Backer Winter LLP (CBW), has launched an exclusive survey, conducted by Analytiqa, into the challenges facing the industry, UK Logistics Sector M&A Index 2020.

The report provides an overview on expected trends in M&A, including valuations, and delves into some of the most important issues facing companies in the sector, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit.

David Wells, Chief Executive at Logistics UK, comments: “Following the immense pressure COVID-19 has placed on the logistics industry – in addition to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding EU Exit – our sector is poised for radical change, with operational and strategic challenges changing and shaping the industry of tomorrow. In partnership with CBW, Logistics UK surveyed senior logistics executives from across the sector to identify the economic impact the pandemic has had on the sector which drives activity across all of UK PLC, and the changes these senior executives intend to make to their business models as they plan for 2021 and beyond. The report gives vital insight into the trends that will shape future strategies for business owners, in addition to data on wider industry dynamics.”

Philip Bird, Partner and Head of Logistics at CBW, comments: “The survey shows that consolidation is expected to continue in the sector over the next twelve months, supported by healthy valuations. M&A activity is likely to be concentrated in those areas which will fare better in a challenging economic environment, such as healthcare, e-commerce and food distribution.”.

For more information and to view the full report, please visit logistics.org.uk/logistics-sector-manda-index-report

Logistics UK (formerly FTA) is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.