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Freightways buys Australian medical waste service for as much as A$10M

Thursday 17th August 2017

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Freightways has snapped up Australian State Waste Services and its related entities, a group that provides medical waste services in Sydney and surrounding regional areas, for an initial payment of A$6 million and said it is expected to be immediately earnings per share positive.

The acquisition will be effective from Sept. 1 and the price also includes a potential maximum earn-out payment of A$4 million, measured as at June 30, 2021 and based on incremental earnings performance, Freightways said in a statement.

In the first 12 months it is expected to generate revenue of A$3 million and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of A$1 million while capital expenditure over the next 12 months is expected to be about A$100,000, Freightways said. 

The Australian waste company provides collection, treatment and disposal of medical waste, as well as ancillary services, including sanitary bin services, secure document destruction and total waste management solutions. It provides Freightways’ wholly-owned subsidiary Shred-X with a new service offer. As a secure destruction company, Shred-X identified the medical waste industry as an attractive complementary market with growth opportunities, Freightways said. 

"Freightways operates in the express package & business mail and information management markets. This acquisition is consistent with Freightways’ strategy to develop growth opportunities that complement its existing capabilities," said managing director Dean Bracewell. 

Earlier this week, Freightways, which delivers around 50 million items annually through brands like New Zealand Couriers and Post Haste Couriers, reported a 22 percent lift in net profit to $60.9 million in the year to June 30, while underlying profit before one-off items rose 4.1 percent to $56.6 million. 

Freighways shares last traded up 0.4 percent at $7.73 and have gained 17 percent over the past 12 months. 


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