German ship operator Hapag-Lloyd has recently signed a binding agreement to acquire 35 % of J M Baxi Ports & Logistics Limited (JMBPL) from a Bain Capital Private Equity affiliate. Additionally, Hapag-Lloyd signed a binding agreement with JMBPL and its promoters, the Kotak family, to subscribe to a capital increase by the company and raise Hapag-Lloyd’s shareholding to 40 %. The contracting parties have agreed to not disclose any financial details of the deal.
J M Baxi Ports & Logistics Limited is a leading private terminal and inland transport service provider in India. The operations comprise container terminals, a multi-purpose terminal, inland container depots, container freight stations and additional logistics activities, including rail services across India. The company employs around 5,400 staff and handles a combined container volume of approximately 1.6 million TEU. Furthermore, JMBPL recently won additional concessions for operating container terminals in Nhava Sheva and Tuticorin.
“Terminal and infrastructure investments are a crucial element of our strategic agenda and India is one of our key growth markets. Acquiring a significant share in J M Baxi Ports & Logistics Limited will significantly boost our presence in India with a trusted local partner and it is another important step to build up our terminal and infrastructure business,” commented Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.