Dubai’s DP World acquires Danish Unifeeder for $748 million

Global port operator DP World says it has acquired Danish logistics firm Unifeeder for $748 million. (AP)
Updated 06 December 2018

Dubai’s DP World acquires Danish Unifeeder for $748 million

  • DP World’s full acquisition of Unifeeder Group from Nordic Capital Fund VIII was announced in August, finalized Thursday
  • DP World’s profits last year climbed to $1.2 billion with revenue reaching $4.7 billion

DUBAI: Global port operator DP World says it has acquired Danish logistics firm Unifeeder for $748 million, about 660 million euros, helping the Dubai-owned company expand its foothold through the largest feeder and shortsea network in Europe.
DP World’s full acquisition of Unifeeder Group from Nordic Capital Fund VIII was announced in August, but finalized on Thursday.
DP World says Unifeeder’s smaller vessels and connectivity to approximately 100 ports will enhance the port operator’s presence in the global supply chain and broaden its services. While DP World’s core business remains in container terminals, the company says this latest acquisition is part of a wider strategy to diversify revenues.
DP World’s profits last year climbed to $1.2 billion with revenue reaching $4.7 billion.


Holiday Inn-owner IHG hit by weak China, Hong Kong bookings

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Holiday Inn-owner IHG hit by weak China, Hong Kong bookings

  • IHG’s revenue fall comes amid a general slowdown in the global hotel industry
  • Company opened 13,000 rooms in Q3

Holiday Inn-owner InterContinental Hotels Group blamed lower business bookings in China and Hong Kong protests for a 0.8% fall in third-quarter revenue per room on Friday, the latest company to be pinched by weaker global travel.
The hotel industry in general is feeling the impact of slowing global growth, which is denting business travel. Rival Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. warned that lagging growth in China and the China-US trade war would hurt revenue. Raffles owner AccorHotels narrowed its full-year profit guidance, citing uncertainty on China-related issues.
Four months of protests in Hong Kong have taken a toll on tourism, while weak economic data from China has been discouraging.
IHG reported a 6.1% fall in revenue per available room (RevPAR) in Greater China during the quarter, with a 36% drop in Hong Kong. (https://reut.rs/35Lf0Jl)
“While we are certainly not at the stage where business travel has been scaled back on a large scale, the cracks are certainly showing,” AJ Bell’s Investment Director Russ Mould said.
Shares in IHG, which has nearly 5,800 hotels including the Crowne Plaza and Regent Hotels & Resorts brands, fell nearly 2% in early trade on Friday.
The company has been putting more money into China, its fastest-growing market, using new loyalty programs, digital payment options and revamping rooms at Holiday Inn to woo local business travelers. Of the 13,000 rooms IHG opened across its brands in the quarter, 4,100 were in China.
But Chief Financial Officer Paul Edgecliffe-Johnson said the company was seeing more leisure than business travelers, who tend to spend less money on bookings.
Edgecliffe-Johnson said the company had also seen some pressure in the United States as US manufacturing businesses cut spending on conference halls bookings during the third quarter.