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Acquisition of the courier company Siódemka S.A. by DPD Polska.

The antitrust authority’s decision enables the merger of those two companies.

After the merger, DPD Polska will have a 24% market share

A larger infrastructure and a broad scale of operations provide a chance for new products and closer contact with the Customer

The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection issued the approval for DPD Polska to acquire the courier company Siódemka S.A. The merger will create an entity being a leader on the market for courier services with a 24% market share and annual sales exceeding PLN 1 billion.

The approval issued by UOKiK means that the transaction under which DPD Polska will acquire 100% of shares from the current owner of Siódemka (Abris CEE venture capital fund) will be finalised in the next few days. Once the transaction has been closed, Siódemka will become a subsidiary of DPD Polska’s Capital Group.

Until the legal merger takes place, i.e. until the entries required by the law are filed with the National Court Register, confirming the merger of DPD Polska and Siódemka S.A, both companies will operate as independent entities within the Capital Group of DPD Polska.

“The antitrust authority’s decision enables to commence activities preparing both companies for legal and operating merger. We expect that the key phase of that process will take place in the year 2015. A detailed plan is under preparation,” says Rafał Nawłoka, the President of the Management Board, DPD Polska.

DPD Polska has built its strong position owing to provision of services to corporate and international customers. The merger will enhance the DPD’s offer for small and medium-sized enterprises, in particular for e-commerce.

“This sales channel is growing very dynamically nowadays,” says Rafał Nawłoka. “We have witnessed for several years the shift of trade relations towards the Internet. By our merger with Siódemka, we will mark even stronger our presence in that area.”

The acquisition of Siódemka is aligned with the long-term development strategy of DPD Polska. “Observing the growth of e-commerce, we decided several years ago to focus on the development of interactive tools in order to facilitate contact with the final recipient of the parcel,” explains Rafał Nawłoka. “Business customers and consumers vary in terms of their requirements. Everybody expects fast, well organisedand predictable services. An individual customer also wants to receive the parcel at the most convenient time and place for him or her.”

In order to meet these requirements and maintain high quality, one needs to have not only the best tools, but also the relevant economies of scale. The approval by UOKiK will enable the courier company DPD Polska to accomplish those objectives.“Owing to a more efficient logistics network, we will be closer to our Customers,”underlines Rafał Nawłoka, “we will provide them with the offer for courier services,including international services, which is more diversified and better adapted to their requirements. We will offer even more convenient solutions for e-commerce.”

DPD Polska commenced its operations in the year 1991 as a company with a 100% of Polish capital. The company currently employs 5,500 staff members and associates, and has a fleet of 3,000 vehicles and 50 branches, including a modern sorting facility in Stryków, one of the largest in this part of Europe. The Capital Group of DPD Polska comprises the courier company DPD and the company DPD Strefa Paczki whose offer is designed for individual customers, and the customs clearance agency Air Cargo Poland, engaged in customs clearance and freightforwarding activity – by air, sea and road. It is currently wholly owned by the French GeoPost holding whose owner is the French post office LaPoste.

Siódemka is a Polish brand whose offer is addressed to all business segments: individual customers, micro- and small enterprises as well as medium-sized and large companies. The company employs 1,400 staff members and 2,100 couriers. Ithas 40 branches, including the central sorting facility in Rawa Mazowiecka.

GeoPost, the key player on the market for express parcels in Europe, provides services to customers in 230 countries and is ranked as the second largest player in the European market for express courier parcels.

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