The comparator market India grew between 2005 and 2010 with approx. 12% p.a. and came up 2010 even with a growth rate of over 15%. The share of transactions in these States on the entire M & A volume of the sector is therefore increased from 8% in 2001 to 25% in 2008. However, the Chinese market is characterized significantly by State-controlled companies (E.g., Sinotrans, Zhongchu or COSCO), so that the buyer above all on target companies focus medium size, that allow market entry.
III. interest by private equity interest of private equity has played a rather below average role at logistics M & A market in the past, especially in Europe as a whole. This was due in part to the relatively low margins in the logistics field of the standard, or the relatively high capital intensity in the carrier and network shops (especially road transport and contract logistics), where a market-leading presence and thus competitiveness requires significant initial and follow-on investments. In addition the cyclicity and some dependency of each sector hard points of the carrier. There is also a relatively high transparency in relation to differentiation/USP compared to the competition in the fragmented market structure of many small and medium-sized enterprises. This is often only in the specific business process flows and management Know-How, and less in measurable factors such as technology or access to customers/resources.
In addition, the transparency and the level of detail of financial figures are not sufficient for the due diligence requirements of classic financial investors were especially in medium-sized and smaller providers. So the major integrated logistics providers have dominated but mostly many years market M & A. These factors mean that the typical characteristics of private equity target companies such as leadership, high profitability and solid cash flow generation with simultaneous low future investment needs in difficult and possibly in niche segments are.