Kernel acquired 3000 grain hopper cars for USD 64 mln

The investment fund owned by Kernel acquired 100% interest in Rail Transit Kargo Ukraine LLC (RTK-Ukraine) for the enterprise value of USD 64 million.

RTK-Ukraine is the owner of 2,949 grain railcars accounting for nearly 15% of the market and making it the second largest grain hopper wagon fleet operator in the country after the state monopoly Ukrainian Railways (Ukrzaliznytsya).

"The acquisition shall not only contribute an estimated incremental EBITDA of up to USD 20 million annually and protect the company against ever rising logistic costs, but it shall also procure the smooth and efficient flow of grains from inland silos to the ports as сompany’s export volumes increase following the commissioning of TransGrainTerminal in the port of Chernomorsk," the report says.

Adjusted for working capital and net debt, Kernel paid USD 49 million in cash at completion while the remaining balance shall be released upon the achievement of certain conditions.

By the YouControl analytical system, as of February 15th, 2019, Andrey Verevskiy is the ultimate beneficiary of RTK-Ukraine. Before the transaction, the ultimate beneficiary was the Cyprus company Nortodia Trading LTD.

By the end of MY2019, Kernel plans to double its export volumes and reach 8 million tons of deliveries (4.4 million tons of products in H1 of MY2019).

The new infographic guide Agribusiness of Ukraine 2017/18 is available by the link.

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