13 January 2011 at 08:00 CET – Amsterdam – TNT announced in the framework of its “Vision 2015” strategy that it would concentrate its European mail activities on addressed mail in the large countries where TNT Post has strong market positions: Germany, the UK and Italy. In other geographies, the focus is on value realisation through partnerships or sale. TNT today announces it has signed an agreement to sell its mail business in Belgium, De Belgische Distributiedienst, and its unaddressed mail business in Italy, RSM Italia, to management and NPM Capital N.V. NPM Capital, a leading private equity firm in the Benelux, will provide financing. The businesses will continue to operate under its current management.
De Belgische Distributiedienst has a leading position in the unaddressed mail market in Belgium and handles the distribution of unaddressed mail and daily newspapers next to providing database management services. In 2009, the revenues of De Belgische Distributiedienst were € 100 million. The parcels activities of TNT Post Pakketservice in Belgium are not included in the sale.
RSM Italia generated revenues of € 38 million in 2009. TNT Post Italy will continue with the addressed mail business and the mailroom activities.
The sale of de Belgische Distributiedienst and RSM Italia is conditional upon approval of the national competition authorities of Belgium and Italy. Completion of the transaction is expected in the first quarter of 2011. The European Works Council has issued a positive opinion.
TNT provides businesses and consumers worldwide with an extensive range of services for their mail and express delivery needs. Headquartered in the Netherlands, TNT offers efficient network infrastructures in Europe and Asia and keeps optimising its global network performance. TNT serves more than 200 countries and employs about 160,000 people. Over 2009, TNT reported €10.4 billion in revenues and an operating income of €648 million. TNT is officially quoted on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. TNT recognises its social responsibility and has formed partnerships with the United Nations World Food Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme to fight hunger and pollution in the world. Our efforts are being recognised: In 2010, TNT was again awarded “Supersector leader” for ‘Industrial Goods and Services’ (including ‘Industrial transportation’) of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI). More information about TNT can be found on its website http://group.tnt.com.