SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY
SWVL | March 26, 2022
Swvl Inc. ("Swvl" or the "Company"), a global provider of transformative tech-enabled mass transit solutions, announced a definitive agreement to acquire door2door, a European high-growth mobility platform that partners with municipalities, public transit operators, corporations, and automotive companies, providing software for on-demand mobility, multimodal routing and mobility analytics. The closing of the door2door transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed in Q2 2022.
Founded in 2012 with the mission of making cities smarter, door2door has developed a leading proprietary MaaS software platform that can be easily integrated into any existing transit network. door2door has a strong commercial track record with 70 deployments across 10 European countries and approximately 24% market share in Germany, Europe's largest mass transit market. Swvl and door2door share a commitment to expanding access to affordable transportation and unlocking economic, social, and environmental benefits for riders and their communities.
Mostafa Kandil, Swvl Founder and CEO, said, "Swvl and door2door share an ongoing commitment to disrupting traditional public transportation systems with tech-enabled mobility solutions focused on accessibility, convenience and sustainability. door2door's impressive foothold in Europe, and particularly DACH2, complement Swvl's recent growth efforts, including our acquisitions of controlling interests in Shotl and Viapool, which launched the Swvl platform in Europe and Latin America, respectively. By significantly expanding our European footprint and furthering our MaaS and SaaS capabilities, we continue to deliver on our growth objectives, while effectively scaling the Swvl platform to key additional geographies."
The transaction with door2door will create a leading global mass transit player, with synergies on offerings, geography, partnerships and product domain:
Boosts Swvl's momentum of growth and expansion in Europe and beyond by bringing the Company's total geographic presence to more than 20 countries on 4 continents.
Leverages door2door's impressive growth track record, with 45% CAGR in number of customers from 2018-2021, >90% customer retention and 7.5x revenue growth from 2017-2021.
Provides compelling market opportunities with access to more than 100 additional European cities.
Provides a launch pad when combined with Shotl to tap into the $22.5 billion SaaS/TaaS market in Europe, where door2door brings a deep understanding of market dynamics.
Unlocks the full potential of SaaS for Swvl through door2door's proprietary mobility orchestration platform with fleet operations management, insights and reporting, and a driver, passenger and attendant application combined with strong technology in the form of a white-label engine, API integration and free floating options.
Allows Swvl to integrate door2door's scalable technology stack with Swvl's proprietary technology to predict and identify latent demand, create routes around demand clusters, create dynamic routes and cost efficient plans, price supply through bidding, and enhance dynamic pricing capabilities.
Enables partnerships with municipalities, public transit operators, corporations, non-emergency medical transportation and smart city organizations, and automotive companies.
Offers a complementary suite of mobility solutions including EV/AV fleet management, on-demand and fixed route public transit, corporate and campus shuttles, autonomous logistics delivery and demand management to add to Swvl's existing suite.
Advances Swvl's ESG strategy by accelerating its adoption of EV/AV technology and creating partnership opportunities to digitize non-emergency medical transport.
Maintains an outstanding policy network on both a national and EU level, providing additional opportunities to enter new markets and expand Swvl's B2G business.
"We are excited to embark on this next phase of growth alongside the Swvl team. We have been impressed by Swvl's ability to rapidly scale its business while continuing to provide best-in-class, transformative mobility solutions for customers. Now we are looking forward to leveraging the combined capabilities of our platforms to alleviate many of the burdens and inefficiencies posed by traditional commuting methods."
-Dr. Tom Kirschbaum, door2door Co-CEO
Maxim Nohroudi, door2door Co-CEO, said, With Swvl and door2door joining forces today we are building a global mass transit company. Swvl's outstanding TaaS experience adds value to our European customers, while door2door complements Swvl with MaaS solutions and B2G capabilities. Together, we are catering to diverse mass transit challenges worldwide, providing a truly global mobility platform.
Youssef Salem, Swvl CFO, said, "The acquisition of door2door provides us with a leading position in Central Europe, attractive SaaS revenue base and pipeline, complementary suite of new mobility products, strong hub in Berlin and a launch pad for further European and global expansion across marketplace and SaaS offerings. Following our recent acquisitions of controlling interests in Shotl and Viapool, investments in mass transit platforms in the United Kingdom and Mexico and launches across Latin America and Europe, this transaction further demonstrates our ability to utilize our growth capital and public currency to pursue accretive organic and inorganic strategic initiatives. We look forward to capitalizing on the numerous opportunities provided by this transaction and furthering partnerships to advance our leading market position as a provider of technology-enabled mass transit solutions on a global scale. We are confident that the Swvl platform will have a very positive and sustained impact on European transit."
Swvl is a global provider of transformative tech-enabled mass transit solutions, offering intercity, intracity, B2B and B2G transportation across 115 cities in 18 countries. The Company's platform provides complimentary semi-private alternatives to public transportation for individuals who cannot access or afford private options. Every day, Swvl's parallel mass transit systems are empowering individuals to go where they want, when they want – making mobility safer, more efficient, accessible, and environmentally friendly. Customers can book their rides on an easy-to-use proprietary app with varied payment options and 24 / 7 access to high-quality private buses and vans.Swvl was co-founded by Mostafa Kandil, who launched Carmudi in the Philippines, which became the largest car classifieds platform in the country in just six months. He then served as Rocket Internet's Head of Operations. In 2016, Kandil joined Careem, a ride-sharing company and the first unicorn in the Middle East, where he launched services in multiple new markets.For additional information about Swvl, please visit www.swvl.com.
door2door is a European high-growth mobility platform providing software solutions for on-demand shared mobility, multimodal routing and mobility analytics. The Berlin-based company licenses its B2G/B2B mobility software to municipalities, mass transit operators, transit agencies, corporations, and automotive companies, with 70 deployments across 10 European countries and approximately 24% market share in Germany, Europe's largest mass transit market. Founded by Dr. Tom Kirschbaum and Maxim Nohroudi with the goal of making cities smarter, door2door has been appointed by LinkedIn as "Top-10 Startup in Germany" and "European Company of the Year".
J&T Express | June 22, 2022
J&T Express ("J&T"), an international express logistics company, announced that it has officially launched its network in Egypt. This is another major step in J&T's expansion in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, following the Company's launch of the network in the UAE and Saudi Arabia and announcement of establishing a smart logistics park in Riyadh. This latest expansion brings J&T Express' global network coverage to a total of thirteen countries, expanding its global delivery network to Africa markets beyond Asia and Latin America.E-commerce in the MENA region is fast catching up with global powerhouses. Egypt, as the most populous Arabic country, represents one of the most diversified economies in the MENA region. The total revenue of ecommerce in Egypt reportedly reached $5 billion in 2021. In line with the National e-Commerce Strategy, Egypt aspires to harness the power of e-commerce to help catalyze innovation, growth, and social prosperity in the digital economy.
The rapidly growing e-commerce market presents significant opportunities for the express logistics industry. J&T Express has established one sorting center and 10 distribution centers, with its distribution network covering the full country except the North Sinai military command area. Following the company's entry into Latin America earlier this year, it is an important step for the company to continue to further cultivate emerging markets and expand its strategic global footprint.
"J&T is an independent e-commerce enabler, offering express delivery solutions to leading e-commerce platforms. By leveraging our expertise of providing efficient and convenient services through our growing global operation network, J&T Express is set to contribute to the faster development of e-commerce in the MENA market and the launch in Egypt bears testament to our commitment to the region."
-Charles Hou, Group Vice President of J&T Express
Patrick Chen, Head of J&T Express Egypt, said, In view of rapidly increasing internet penetration, the Egyptian market is well-positioned to tap on existing opportunities to further e-commerce development. J&T Express is excited to establish a refined service network in Egypt and offer an efficient, convenient and quality logistics experience to local retailers and customers.
With its network launch in Egypt, J&T Express' network now spans thirteen countries including Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, China, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Mexico, Brazil and Egypt, and serves over 2.5 billion people.
About J&T Express
J&T Express is a global logistics service provider with leading express delivery businesses in Southeast Asia and China, the largest and fastest-growing market in the world. Founded in 2015, J&T Express' network spans thirteen countries, including Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, China, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Mexico, Brazil and Egypt. Adhering to its "customer-oriented and efficiency-based" mission, J&T Express is committed to providing customers with integrated logistics solutions through intelligent infrastructure and digital logistics network, as part of its global strategy to connect the world with greater efficiency and bring logistical benefits to all.
ButcherJoseph & Co. | June 09, 2022
ButcherJoseph & Co. (“ButcherJoseph”) advised Smith Transport, Inc. (“Smith” or the “Company”), an asset-based truckload carrier headquartered in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, on its sale to Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTLD) (“Heartland”). The transaction closed in June of 2022.
Heartland acquired 100% of the equity of Smith and related companies for a cash-free, debt-free enterprise value of approximately $170 million. Smith was an S corporation for tax purposes, and the transaction included an election under Section 338(h)(10) of the Internal Revenue Code, resulting in tax deduction benefits over periods of one to fifteen years. The purchase agreement contains customary terms and conditions. The Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania property was acquired from its owners in a separate transaction for $14 million in cash and includes both the trucking terminal and 375,000 square feet of warehouse space that is leased to tenants.
Barry Smith, Smith’s Founder and Chairman Emeritus, added, Building Smith Transport has been my life’s work, and I could not have found a better home than Heartland for the Smith family. They offer us long-term stability and the opportunity to grow as part of an industry leader, while retaining our own culture and identity. I look forward to being part of the team to ensure a smooth transition.
“As an employee-owned company, our goal was to find the best value and the best home for our people for years to come. We had long thought Heartland was a great fit because of their regional presence, respect for professional drivers, and unsurpassed customer service that mirrors our own philosophies. With the ability to pay cash and invest in our headquarters, and the desire for Smith to remain an independent brand operated by the same people, the choice was clear. I’m excited to work with Mike Gerdin and the Heartland team to make this a success for everyone.”
-Todd Smith, Smith’s President
ButcherJoseph Managing Partner Joe Strycharz commented, “We’re delighted to have been able to advise Smith Transport in a transaction that met the Company’s strategic objective to remain an independent brand operated by the same people who helped build the company and its culture. The team conducted a thorough process to identify the right buyer and negotiate terms that met the needs of the employee stakeholders involved. Like Heartland, Smith is a dynamic company driven by a commitment to excellence. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome and look forward to the continued growth and future success of both Smith and Heartland.”
About Smith Transport
Founded in 1982, Smith Transport, Inc. is an asset-based truckload carrier headquartered in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, with terminal locations in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Indiana. Smith primarily provides dry van transportation and other specialized services in the eastern United States. Smith’s customer base includes many Fortune 500 companies including expedited transportation integrators, retailers, beverage manufacturers, and home supply companies, several of whom have been customers for over 20 years. Smith operates a fleet of approximately 850 company tractors, with an average age of less than three years, and approximately 2,000 dry van trailers. The modern fleet is not expected to require any out of cycle investment.
About Heartland Express
Heartland Express, Inc. is an irregular route truckload carrier based in North Liberty, Iowa, serving customers with shipping lanes throughout the United States. Heartland focuses on medium to short haul regional freight, offering shippers industry-leading on-time service so they can achieve their strategic goals for their customers. Since its initial public offering in 1986, Heartland has grown from approximately $20 million in revenue to one of North America’s largest, most profitable, and best capitalized truckload carriers. Heartland has been recognized 18 times by Forbes Magazine as one of the Top 200 Best Small Companies in America, 17 times as one of the Best Truckload Carriers in America by Logistics Management Magazine, and as one of America’s Most Trusted Companies by Newsweek Magazine in 2022.
About ButcherJoseph & Co.
ButcherJoseph & Co. is a boutique investment banking firm specializing in ESOPs, mergers and acquisitions, private debt & capital sourcing and valuation advisory services for middle market companies. Its industry recognized team of professionals has executed 200+ transactions exceeding $15 billion in total value. ButcherJoseph is headquartered in St. Louis with a presence in Washington, DC and offices in Chicago, Charlotte, Scottsdale, and Nashville.
Scudder Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O. served as merger and acquisition transaction and legal advisor to Heartland, while Utz & Lattan, LLC served as Heartland’s special ESOP counsel. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP served as transaction counsel and McGuireWoods served as special counsel to Smith. Moore & Van Allen PLLC served as counsel to the ESOP trustee.
ISG | June 24, 2022
Consumer-facing businesses need to invest in technology and new operating models aimed at creating hyper-personalized, friction-free customer experiences, say experts with Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm, appearing at the upcoming ISG TechXchange: Consumer Services event.The full-day event, July 13 at etc.Venues in New York, will examine the shifts in technology, data analysis, operating models, security and sustainability companies in the consumer products and services, retail, logistics, and travel and hospitality industries must accomplish to deliver the experiences their customers expect – and that will define success for years to come.
“The customer experience is front and center and will stay that way for the foreseeable future,” said John Westfield, partner and practice lead, ISG Consumer Services, and host of the event. “Consumers have high expectations for a hyper-personalized, meaningful, friction-free journey for in-store, online and mobile shopping, and enterprises are working to modernize decades-old legacy platforms to deliver instantaneous, relevant experiences.”
The multi-dimensional impact of creating meaningful, hyper-personalized customer experiences in the face of legacy enterprise IT landscapes will be addressed by Clare Megathlin, managing director of software engineering for Alaska Airlines, in a panel discussion, “Shedding Legacy and Modernizing with Innovative Technologies,” Pratibha Salwan, director and leader, ISG Travel, Transportation, Hospitality, Leisure and Logistics.
In a separate panel discussion, “Leveraging Data for Smarter Insights,” Gaurav Bhatia, chief marketing officer for credit union PenFed, and Sunder Pillai, director and lead, ISG Retail and CPG, will discuss how brands are leveraging data from consumers, suppliers and retailers to design better products and services and create stronger brand loyalty.
The featured presentation, “Becoming an Elite Performer: How to Supercharge Your Development Teams in a Cloud-Native World,” delivered by Jennifer Galvin, head of technology alliances for OutSystems, a platform provider of omnichannel applications, will explore a high-performance, low-code development approach to creating software for a continuously evolving world.
As enterprises increasingly look for business value from data monetization, Sahil Sabharwal, vice president of enterprise data platforms for American Express, and Ranjan Roy, vice president of strategy for clothing manufacturer Adore Me, will discuss the data science, artificial intelligence and digital automation innovations – and cultural changes – that are fueling such initiatives, as part of a panel discussion, “Innovations@Scale.”
A successful customer journey is dependent on an enterprise’s ability to produce and analyze data at scale,” Westfield said. “Relevant, contextual data must flow through the entire business ecosystem. This can only be achieved by investing in analytics technology, coupled with continuous training and investment in people to develop analytical, technical, functional and even behavioral skills.
During the event, ISG experts will present insights on topics ranging from the 360-degree customer view, to personalization, the metaverse, virtual innovations, and building sustainability, technology and innovation into the customer experience.
The ISG TechXchange: Consumer Services event is sponsored by Cognizant, Mindtree, OutSystems, Tata Consultancy Services, Zensar, Allganize, Tiger Analytics and UiPath. CIOInsights, CIOReview, Retail Tech Insights, RetailWire, The Technology Business Management (TBM) Council and The AI Journal are media sponsors.
Additional information and event registration are available on the event website.
ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 800 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data. For more information, visit www.isg-one.com.